Lefthand Canyon fire grows to more than 100 acres, forcing evacuations in Boulder County foothills

A second wildfire broke out in Boulder County on Sunday, forcing the town of Ward to evacuate.

The Lefthand Canyon fire has burned more than 100 acres after starting near the 14000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive.

Homes north of Ward and the Gold Hill area are under evacuation orders, Around 3 p.m. the orders were expanded to include homes in Sunshine Canyon. Homes north of the 10000 block of Lefthand Drive should also evacuate.

The evacuation point for the Lefthand Canyon fire is the Nederland Community Center located at 750 CO-72.

Livestock can be housed at the Gilpin County Fairground at 230 Norton Drive in Black Hawk.

About 145 residences must evacuate, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. Evacuation alerts were erroneously sent to some residents in some areas that are not close to the fire, including in Longmont and Louisville, the office said. Those not in the immediate vicinity of the fire do not need to evacuate.

“We use [the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] to send out alerts because phone lines go down and power outages occur,” the office said in a statement. “We apologize for any confusion or panic that the alerts caused. We are doing our best to get out information to as many people as possible but unfortunately the system didn’t work perfectly.”

The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. and was “pushing uphill” because of heavy winds, The Daily Camera reported.

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