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CalWood Hearth forces a number of evacuations and closings in Boulder County – CBS Denver

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Boulder County Fire Department has a crew responding to what is called the CalWood Fire near the Cal-Wood Education Center. The area is south of Highway 7 (also known as South St. Vrain Drive) and northeast of Bald Mountain.

CalWood Fire as seen from Boulder (Image credit: CBS)

Boulder County's officers signed a local emergency disaster statement.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed USA 36 between Neva Road and CO 7 / Broadway. Eastbound traffic on US-36 between Lyon and Highway 66 is partially open.

"Traveling north / northwest of Boulder / Estes Park is highly recommended," said CDOT.

Road closure for #CalWoodFire (cont.)
-Olde Stage @ Lee Hill
-Lee Hill @ Lefthand Canyon
-Broadway @ Hw36
-Neva @ Hwy 36
-Nelson @ Hwy 36
-St. Vrain @ Hwy 36
-Hygiene Rd @ Hwy 36

– Boulder OEM (@BoulderOEM) October 17, 2020

"Please avoid the area and DO NOT park on the street to watch or take pictures of the incident," Boulder police said.

Staff are evacuating Hall Ranch and Heil Valley paths, the sheriff's office says. Meanwhile, the city of Jamestown is evacuated.

Flames seen on the CalWood Fire in Boulder County on October 17th. (Credit: CBS)

Evacuees can go to the North Broadway Complex at 3460 N. Broadway. Cattle can be taken to Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont. The Boulder Valley Humane Society at 2323 55th Street accepts smaller pets.

The CalWood fire from near NCAR in Boulder. (Credit: CBS)

The city of Jamestown is evacuated because of the #CalwoodFire.

– Boulder OEM (@BoulderOEM) October 17, 2020

Jamestown was one of several Front Range mountain communities that had to be evacuated in September 2013 when devastating floods caused severe damage.

An emergency call center has been opened to answer questions that are not emergencies. Residents can call 303-413-7730.

FEMA approved a fire management support grant for the fire designed to aid fire fighting.

Officials have not given an estimated size of the fire.

Overlooked CalWood Fire as seen from Boulder (Image Credit: CBS)

LINK: Boulder Office of Emergency Management

The center is located approximately 17 miles from downtown Boulder.

(Photo credit: Nate Roberts in Broomfield)

It is not clear what caused the fire or whether structures are threatened.

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