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10:09 a.m. Oct. 24: Boulder Office of Emergency Management announced on its Facebook page that dumpsters for spoiled food will be available until 5 p.m. today at the following locations:

  • Lyons: Riverside Drive and Colo. 72, in the pull-out area across the road from 3638 Riverside Drive,
  • Jamestown: Elysian Park turnaround near Cemetery Road,
  • Ward: 144 Utica St.,
  • Greenbriar Restaurant: 8735 N. Foothills Hwy., Boulder,
  • Bar K: 1180 Rock Lake Road, (the parking area by Rock Lake),
  • Gold Hill: 401 Main St.

The dumpsters are solely meant for spoiled food, not fire ash or other debris.


Boulder County has lifted all evacuation orders for the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires this morning, and most areas are now accessible to the public and not just homeowners.

The only evacuation areas that are still closed to nonresidents are the Mountain Ridge and Foothills Ranch subdivisions, Lake of the Pines and County Road 87 and 87J.

Residents at those locations will be required to check in with law enforcement officials at road blocks leading into the neighborhood and show proof of residence.

Boulder County residents can input their address into a map to check the evacuation status of their homes at boulderoem.com.

There are no orders for residents to leave any areas by sunset, but officials ask residents who return to remain ready to leave again if fire conditions change.

“We ask that you maintain awareness just in case something were to change and we need to do another evacuation of the area,” Boulder County Division Chief Mike Wagner said Friday afternoon. “We don’t expect it, but please be mindful of that because fire operations are still ongoing.”

Friday’s announcement came a day after the county lifted or changed several evacuation orders, especially in the areas west of the CalWood Fire.

Evacuation orders for Jamestown and areas west of town, Gold Hill, most of Ward and Lyons Park Estates were lifted Thursday, and the pre-evacuation warning for Lyons also was rescinded.

Lefthand Canyon and James Canyon drives have now been opened for non-residents in addition to residents, while the closure at Lickskillet Road through Sawmill Hill has also been lifted. The only closure on Lefthand Canyon Drive is at Spring Gulch Road.

However, Wagner asked people to stay out of those areas if they did not have an important reason to be there to keep traffic clear for residents and emergency vehicles.

“We would again ask that unless you live in the area or have purpose for being there that you don’t visit the area,” Wagner said.

Colo. 7 remains closed between Hall Ranch just west of Lyons and Riverside and Riverside Drive east of Peak to Peak Highway. Wagner said this means residents of about eight residences along that stretch are not able to return home, but said they have contacted all of those residents and put them in touch with evacuation services.

The northwest edge of the CalWood Fire continues to move toward that stretch of highway, and Wagner said is is currently being used for fire operations. He anticipated the closure on Colo. 7 would remain in place “fore the foreseeable future.”

“It’s a really challenging area to work and the fire is very active on that side,” Wagner said.

U.S. 36 is open up through Lyons but is closed to westbound traffic at Apple Valley Road.

To access their property, residents must have either a driver’s license with a current address, an ID and mail identifying the property owner and address, ID and paperwork showing name and property inside the zone, or a permit from on-scene deputies that’s provided to residents who have been granted temporary access to their homes.

The county also is providing numerous open-top dumpsters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday for residents to dispose of food that spoiled while they were evacuated for the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon fires.

Dumpsters will be placed at the following locations:

  • Lyons: Riverside Drive and Colo. 72, in the pull-out area across the road from 3638 Riverside Drive,
  • Jamestown: Elysian Park turnaround near Cemetery Road,
  • Ward: 144 Utica St.,
  • Lake of the Pines: 3091 N. Lakeridge Trail, Boulder,
  • Bar K: 1180 Rock Lake Road, (the parking area by Rock Lake),
  • Gold Hill: 401 Main St.,
  • Buckingham Park: Intersection of Lefthand Canyon Drive & Olde Stage Road

The dumpsters are solely meant for spoiled food, not fire ash or other debris.

Portable toilets and handwashing stations also will be available at those locations. Dumpsters may also be available Saturday if the sheriff’s office allows.

The county also opened a disaster assistance center to aid residents whose homes were damaged or lost in the wildfires.

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