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Lefthand Canyon fire forces evacuations in Ward, Colorado, on Sunday

A second wildfire broke out in Boulder County on Sunday.

The Lefthand Canyon fire is burning about 5 acres near the 14,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive near Ward.

The town of Ward, along with homes along Spring Gulch Road and on the 13,000 block of Lefthand Canyon, is being evacuated. 145 residences are under the evacuation order, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. Gold Hill is under pre-evacuation orders.

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

Road closures in the area include:

  • Lefthand Canyon Drive (Nelson St.) at Peak to Peak Highway
  • Old Depot Road at Peak to Peak Highway
  • Humboldt St. at Peak to Peak Highway
  • Lefthand Canyon Drive at Sawmill Road
  • CR 100 at Peak to Peak Highway
  • Gold Lake Road at Peak to Peak Highway

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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