Boulder Valley School District

Update: CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires

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Randy Barber

It has been another difficult day for our mountain communities. As you may have seen, fire crews in Boulder County are now fighting two fires. This has, sadly, increased the number of BVSD families and employees impacted.

The new fire, southeast of Ward and named the Lefthand Canyon Fire, has burned about 303 acres, forcing the evacuation of Ward and Gold Hill. Meanwhile efforts continue to contain the CalWood Fire, northeast of Jamestown, which has now burned about 8,788 acres.

We, like many in our community, are breathlessly watching for news about these fires and our thoughts are constantly with everyone in BVSD that is impacted. We want to thank the brave firefighters who are working tirelessly to save homes and slow the spread of the fires.

Jamestown and Gold Hill Elementary are in the middle of this situation and we expect both schools to be closed tomorrow, which only affects staff – since it is a Monday Launch Day (independent remote learning). Again, we understand that many of our mountain families may be impacted by the situation and we encourage them to first and foremost take care of their families and neighbors. As we shared in our earlier update, those that are impacted may connect with their teacher or school to excuse their student from instructional activities tomorrow. 

We are also still planning to communicate with mountain school families tomorrow (Monday) regarding any anticipated impacts to school operations and transportation for Tuesday.

Again, the following websites may be helpful:
Boulder Office of Emergency Management Status Update Website
Boulder Emergency Operations Center - Public Information Map

We also know that the BVSD community is incredibly caring and may be wanting to help during this difficult time. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management County is now encouraging anyone who want to volunteer, donate goods and/or services to fill out the form on their website:

Updates will be provided on our website

BVSD Communications



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