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Emergency Operations Center to scale down overnight

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is going to scale down to a core monitoring group overnight beginning at 7 p.m. The EOC will reopen again for public messaging by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20. Unless the fire grows during the night, any posts to this website will be minimal.

Full firefighting operations will continue overnight within the fire perimeter, and the Incident Command Team will provide another public update by 8 a.m. Monday morning. Structure protection of homes and law enforcement patrols will continue to be active in all evacuated areas throughout the night.

The evacuations and pre-evacuation alerts will remain in place overnight while firefighters continue to fight the #SunshineFire.

 

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Sunshine Fire containment update

The Sunshine Fire is now at 50 percent containment.

Updates for #SunshineFire

The evacuations and pre-evacuation alerts will remain in place overnight while firefighters continue to fight pockets of intense heat and potential flare-ups in the interior of the #SunshineFire. Winds will be a factor overnight, and active fire spots could reappear between now and tomorrow morning.

Additionally, air support is not available after dark, and ground firefighting operations and evacuations are much more difficult to adjust and/or  coordinate in the dark.

The fire remains at 62 acres and 20 percent containment. There are no reports of lost or damaged properties, or of any injuries. High visibility patrols by law enforcement will remain in the area. Two engines will be available overnight for structure protection if needed.

As a result of current and forecasted fire and weather conditions, the evacuations of 426 homes that have been in place since early this morning will not be lifted overnight.

Residents who are in the pre-evacuation area are urged to remain on alert overnight and be prepared to leave if evacuations are ordered.

The Incident Management Team will reevaluate the status of the evacuations tomorrow at 8 a.m. Fire managers are hoping to be able to get everyone back to their homes by noon tomorrow. Anyone who has been evacuated is encouraged to monitor updates at:

Public Call Center closed for the night

The Public Call Center for non-emergency calls – 303-413-7730 – is closing at 5:30 p.m. today, March 19, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, March 20.

Media Briefing today at 5 p.m.

A 5 p.m. media briefing is scheduled at the east lot of the Justice Center, 6th and Canyon.

Updates for #SunshineFire

– Estimate 62 acres (previously reported as higher due to mapping miscalculation).

– Current estimate is 20% containment

– 7 aircraft active

– Public Call Center line is open for non-emergency calls. 303-413-7730.

– Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices are still in place.

– No reports of loss of property, structures, or of any injuries.

– Boulder Canyon Drive is now open west of Boulder all the way to Nederland. To head that way, go west on Arapahoe Ave. from Ninth Avenue. Canyon remains closed from the 100 to 800 blocks of Canyon for emergency vehicle parking inside Boulder.

– Betasso Preserve and Bald Mountain Open Spaces as well as Boulder OSMP trails in the Red Rocks, Sanitas, Sunshine Canyon and Wonderland Lake areas are closed.

 

Containment area map

This map indicates the current 20% containment in the area of Sunshine Canyon Dr. and Centennial Trail. #SunshineFire.

Westbound Boulder Canyon Drive is now open west of Boulder

Westbound Boulder Canyon Drive is open west of Boulder all the way to Nederland. To head that way, go west on Arapahoe Ave. from Ninth Avenue. Canyon remains closed from the 100 to 800 blocks of Canyon for emergency vehicle parking inside Boulder.

#SunshineFire Updates

– Estimate 62 acres (previously reported as higher due to mapping miscalculation).

– Current estimate is 20% containment

– All 8 aircraft active; 1 SEAT (Ft Collins), 1 heavy air tanker (JeffCo), 2 Chinook (National Guard), 2 Blackhawk (Nat’l Guard), 1 Lead, 1 MMA. Bucket drop target start is at 0830.

– Public Call Center line is now open for non-emergency calls. 303-413-7730.

– No reports of loss of property, structures, or of any injuries.

– Boulder Canyon closure at 9th Street westbound

– Eldora Ski Resort pass holders should avoid 119 today and take alternate routes

– Betasso Preserve & Bald Mountain Open Spaces as well as Boulder OSMP trails in the Red Rocks, Sanitas, Sunshine Canyon and Wonderland Lake areas are closed.

Wildfire air quality precautions – Reminder

During a wildfire, if you can see or smell smoke, it is recommended that you avoid outdoor physical activities. If visibility is decreased in your neighborhood to less than five miles, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Children, Elderly, & People with Respiratory Conditions

If you can see or smell smoke, children, elderly, pregnant women, and people with pre-existing respiratory conditions should stay inside with the windows and doors closed. If it is hot outside, run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, including fatigue, nausea, headache, and vomiting, and contact your doctor immediately if these occur.

Older Adults

Older adults are more likely to be affected by smoke, as they have higher levels of heart or lung diseases than younger people. Check on elderly friends or relatives.

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and about your respiratory management plan if you have asthma or another lung disease. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

Healthy Individuals

When smoke levels are high, even healthy people may experience coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, stinging eyes, and a runny nose. If you can see or smell smoke, you should limit outdoor physical activities and stay indoors if at all possible.

Wildfire smoke contains pollutants that can be harmful to health. Particles from smoke tend to be very small and can therefore be inhaled into the deepest recesses of the lung and may represent a greater health concern than larger particles. Even in healthy people, this can cause temporary reductions in lung function and pulmonary inflammation. Particulate matter can also affect the body’s immune system.

Precautions

  • Do not rely on paper dust masks found at hardware stores. These masks are not designed to block the small particles generated by wildfire smoke.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • If you have an air conditioner, run it, but make sure that the fresh air intake vent is closed and the filter is clean. If not, turn the system off.
  • Evaporative cooling systems can also pull in air from the outside. Consider using a portable evaporative cooler within your house to avoid pulling air pollution into your house.
  • If these remedies are not sufficient, you may want to relocate to another location away from the smoke.