Pre-evacuation notices have been lifted. Any residents in this zone no longer need to be prepared to evacuate.
Mandatory evacuation notices have also been lifted. Residents living within the mandatory evacuation zones can return home. The intersection at 4th and Mapleton will allow residents through with ID and the intersection at Sunshine and Mapleton will also allow residents through with ID. The roads are still on soft closure meaning that only residents will be allowed to pass.
Some potential Public Health considerations for residents returning home:
Your well or septic system could be adversely affected by the fire, power outages, equipment failure from fire damage, or contamination of water supplies. Visually inspect your well and septic systems. Details about what to look for are available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/firewellseptic.aspx.
Food exposed to heat, smoke fumes, or chemicals used to fight fires, or where power has been out, may be compromised. Details about what to look for and steps to take are available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/Pages/firefood.aspx.
If your home or property has been impacted by fire suppressant (slurry), it can be removed with gentle soap and water. Review instructions for removal at www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/Pages/firesuppressant.aspx.
A tetanus vaccination is recommended for all residents returning to the burn area who have not had a documented dose within the past ten years. Prompt first aid management for wounds and prevention of infection is also important. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, a health care professional should determine if a tetanus booster is necessary, based on individual records. More information is available at: www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/firetetanus.aspx.