Cold Springs Fire update

mopup manBarbara Lawlor, Boulder County. Ridge Road remains closed from the 1200 block to the 2600 block.

Cold Springs Road in its entirety remains closed. Boulder Canyon will remain closed to all traffic between Hurricane Hill and Summer Road in order for fire operations to continue.

Residents can drive east from Nederland on 119 up to Hurricane Hill, and west on 119 to Boulder Falls , the summer access road. No traffic will be allowed through the section from Boulder Falls to Hurricane Hill.

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Residents who live in the 2600 – 5300 block of Ridge Road, Thunder Ridge Road, Conifer Road, Cougar Run, Alpine Vista, Shady Hollow, Shady Hollow Court, Rocky Knob Lane, and the 2300 block of Cold Spring Road were allowed to return home, as all fire operations moved west of the Saint-Anton Highlands and Falls Pointe subdivisions.

The only ingress and egress into the Saint-Anton Highlands and Falls Pointe subdivisions is via Summer Road.

The Nederland Transfer station is accepting spoiled food, general trash, and recyclables and is open for extended hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 to Sunday, July 17.

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Boulder County District Attorney spoke at a public meeting at the high school assured residents that the two suspects who were charged with not putting out the campfire that started the Cold Springs Fire would not be able to flee the state if they got out on bond.

The suspects are being charged with Arson 4, a felony, and trespassing.

From the Boulder OEM:

Fire at 80% containment, looking at 100% containment by Thursday


Sheriff Pelle gave another update at a 5 p.m. media briefing this evening. Some of the highlights are as follows:

  • 80% containment on the fire as of this evening; 100% containment expected by tomorrow at the end of dayshift operations.
  • No growth in the fire and mop-up operations continue.
  • Boulder Canyon Drive will reopen, unrestricted, tonight at 8 p.m. Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. tomorrow, a single-lane restriction is planned for Boulder Canyon to allow fire operations to continue. The single-lane restriction will be between Mile Markers 28.5 and 30.0 near Castle Rock.
  • Sheriff Pelle announced the current plan is that after dayshift firefighters are pulled off the line (8 p.m.) tomorrow, all remaining mandatory evacuation zones will be rescinded and everyone can return home.  Those who are currently under mandatory evacuation order will probably not have power tomorrow night when they return home.
  • Today was the final day of regularly scheduled press briefings and community meetings. Any new information will be pushed out electronically (media releases, OEM website, social media), unless a significant event occurs that requires a community meeting or another press briefing.

sort yardNederland Transfer Station and Community Sort Yard Open


The Nederland Transfer Station is open for all spoiled food, trash and recycling drop-off, and the Community Forestry Sort Yard is open and accessible to the public.

red cross kitsClean up kits are available from the Red Cross at NMSHS . Stop by and get yours today!

Residents impacted by the Cold Springs Fire are encouraged to check-in to the DAC with any fire-related recovery assistance needs.

The Boulder County Housing and Human Services, Land Use, and Community Services departments along with Boulder County Public Health are operating a Disaster Assistance Center at Nederland High School (597 Eldora Rd.) for those with recovery assistance needs resulting from the Cold Springs Fire.

At the Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center, fire-impacted residents have access to help with food replacement, temporary housing, transportation assistance (including bus passes), and public supports such as health coverage and SNAP (food assistance). Information is also available about food safety and water testing (including kits), septic and well issues, fire retardant (slurry) cleanup, debris removal, rebuilding and more.

Hours of Operation

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday (July 14 and 15)
  • The center will be closed over the weekend,
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday and Tuesday (July 18 and 19) 

Further assessment will be conducted next week to determine the best methods and locations for responding to need going forward.

Boulder Canyon Opening – Plans for Lifting Remaining Evacuation Orders


Beginning Wednesday around 8 p.m., Boulder Canyon (Highway 119) will reopen in both directions. Because fire suppression activities will be continuing in the days ahead, motorists and those involved in recreational activities in the area should exercise caution when in Boulder Canyon between mile markers 28.5 and 30.

All remaining mandatory evacuation orders are expected to be lifted at 8 pm, tomorrow, July 14, which will allow the remaining evacuated residents to return home.

Residents returning to the Cold Springs Fire area should expect to encounter a variety of hazards that include fire-weakened trees, blowing ash, stump holes, and smoke over the next few weeks within the fire perimeter.


Homeowners are encouraged to visit or for recovery related information.

Today, firefighters continued to make excellent progress on the Cold Springs Fire. Crews continued to mop-up and improved perimeter lines across the fire. As of tonight, the Cold Springs Fire is 80% contained and it is expected to reach 100% within the next 24 hours. Residents in and around the Cold Springs Fire should expect continued fire operations in the area. Helicopters will also be working in the area, bringing power poles in to replace those destroyed during the fire. These activities may require temporary safety closures.

Due to the progress in containing the Cold Springs Fire and residents returning home, daily community meetings at 1 pm and press briefings at 5 pm concluded today.

On Friday, July 15 at 7 am, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black will transfer the management of the Cold Springs Fire back to the local Boulder County Type 3 Incident Management Team.

RTD N bus to resume all service

The N bus will resume service along Boulder Canyon Drive tomorrow. The route will have the full schedule, and all trips are anticipated to depart Nederland Park-n-Ride and Downtown Boulder Station at their standard times.

One exception to note, is that the N bus will not be serving Nederland High School. The western terminus for the route will be Nederland Park-n-Ride. There will not be any transit service between Nederland Park-n-Ride and Nederland High School tomorrow.

The full N route schedule will be restored for Friday, including service to Nederland High School. Additional information on the N route including schedule info can be found at:

How to donate:

The Peak to Peak Healthy Communities Project has been asked to accept and distribute donations directly to people in need through the fire and beyond. This is a 3 to 8 year recovery project that will encompass a lot of funding needs. ALL donations to PPHCP are 100% tax deductible through the 501(c)3 Colorado nonprofit organization. And ALL funds go directly to the people needing them.

Donate by mail to Peak to Peak Healthy Communities Project, PO Box 668 Nederland, CO 80466. Donate online at or donate at Centennial Bank to the COLD SPRING FIRE SUPPORT account.

For information call 303-810-5409 or email

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.