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Latest update

Field firefighters report the fire is currently sitting at 62 acres. Air operations are fully engaged and dropping slurry/water.

Evacuation and pre-evacuation notices have not changed from previous notifications. East Boulder Community Center is still open as a shelter location – small animals are welcome, please being a crate is available.

Weather is expected to stay warm, dry, and windy.

Due to air quality concerns, recreation around the City of Boulder is not advised.

#SunshineFire Updates

Latest updates:

– Estimate still 30-50 acres; belief is closer to 50. Aircraft is flying the fire now for aerial mapping.

– 8 aircraft ordered and in route; 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 are closed to the public

Public Call Center now open

The public Call Center is open to take resident questions – 303-413-7730 – this is for NON-emergency calls only.

Call taker volunteers can help answer questions about evacuations, road closures, and other details.

Traffic Update

Traffic is being re-routed on a portion of Boulder Canyon Drive for structure protection and air support.  Traffic is being re-routed at 6th down Arapahoe and then back onto Boulder Canyon Drive.  If possible just avoid the area.

See map. Please use the new route highlighted in red to avoid Boulder Canyon Drive.

Evacuation and pre-evacuation map

This map indicates the current evacuation area (in green) and pre-evacuation are (in red) due to the #SunshineFire.

Updated Road Closures #Sunshine Fire

Hard Road Closures:

Poorman Road at Sunshine Canyon Road
Timber Trail at Sunshine Canyon Road
Sunshine Canyon Drive at Mapleton Ave at 4th

Soft Closure:

 Boulder Canyon Drive at Pearl Street (avoid this area if possible) 

Fire Updates – Sunshine Fire

Updates for SunshineFire

– Size update: 30-50 acres

– 0% containment

– Multiple air resources ordered and inbound for daylight operations.

– Cit of Boulder pre-evac: 4th Street east to Broadway, Mapleton (all of) –> Canyon.

– Fire moving in a southerly direction


Evacuation Route for residents west of Boulder

Any residents within the evacuation zone (between Mapleton and Arapahoe west of 4th Street) that need to find an evacuation route through the canyons can use Sunshine Canyon to Poorman Road and then travel down Four Mile Canyon Drive to Boulder.

At this point, Sunshine Canyon Drive is still closed between 4th Street and Timber. Please heed any information given by law enforcement or fire fighting officials in the field.

Wildfire air quality precautions

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.


  • 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.

Evacuation shelter now open at East Boulder Community Center

Any residents evacuated due to the #SunshineFire can now use East Boulder Community Center as a shelter.