Lefthand Canyon Fire grows to more than 100 acres, forces evacuations in Boulder County foothills

A wildfire that started on a property in the 14,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive has grown to more than 100 acres and has now prompted evacuations for Ward, Sunshine Canyon and Gold Hill.

Ward, along with homes along Spring Gulch Road and on the 13,000 block of Lefthand Canyon, was the first area to see mandatory evacuation orders. Altogether, at least 145 homes have been evacuated, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

Homes north of Ward, Gold Hill and Sunshine Canyon area are now also under mandatory evacuation orders, which can be found at bouldercounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=13ab214fe2bb4da5a850df0ca0f00fc5.

The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. and was growing because of heavy winds, according to scanner traffic. Crews initially estimated the Lefthand Canyon Fire at five acres, but by 2:45 p.m. Boulder County sheriff’s Division Chief Mike Wagner said the fire was estimated to be more than 100 acres in size and was moving north.

Lefthand Canyon Drive is closed at Peak to Peak Highway and Sawmill Road. Old Depot Road, Humboldt Street, Gold Lake Road and County Road 100 are all closed at Peak to Peak Highway.

An evacuation point has been set up at Nederland Community Center, 750 Peak to Peak Highway. Large animals can be taken to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Drive in Blackhawk.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The fire started as crews in Boulder County were already fighting the Cal-Wood Fire, which has grown to almost 9,000 acres north of the Lefthand Canyon Fire.

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