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Last Updated:  July 12, 2016, 10:30 am

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COVOAD (Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and 211 are monitoring the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland.  BoCoVOAD is active and has representatives in the Boulder EOC.  The state OEC remains activated to help support local firefighting efforts.  The estimated size of the fire remains at approximately 600 acres. Afternoon conditions are expected to be challenging as temperatures rise and the winds pick up.

Evacuation Centers:

The American Red Cross is currently operating two evacuation centers with overnight shelters:

Nederland High School – 597 Eldora Road and East Boulder Recreation Center – 5660 Sioux Drive.  Pets are welcome at both locations. Crates and dog food are being provided for them as well.

Feeding services are being provided by The Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.


A fire relief fund has been set up through Foothills United Way to help residents impacted by the Cold Springs Fire near Nederland.  Those seeking to make a donation can visit    The funds will be distributed by the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services through case managers working with fire-impacted residents. This is the best way the community can assist fire survivors at this time.

There are still no current in-kind donations or volunteer needs.  

All community members seeking volunteer or donation opportunities are encouraged to visit to sign up for updates and email newsletters.

Boulder OEM anticipates it will be at least 2-3 days before many evacuated residents can return to their homes.  As of Sunday evening, a total of 1,991 residents have been evacuated.

For Boulder County OEM Updates, including current information on road closures, fire perimeter, and evacuation maps, please visit:


FREMONT COUNTY – The Hayden Pass Fire burning near Coaldale in Fremont County doubled in size Monday, mostly to the east, and is now burning more than 12,000 acres.  Fire officials say they expect the fire to continue moving towards Coaldale, reaching the town in 12-24 hours.  Officials warn that Highway 50 may be closed Tuesday, depending on fire conditions.  About 109 homes have been evacuated. Evacuation areas include south of County Road 6, within a three-mile radius of County Road 6 and County Road 45, and County Road 40, including the Fox Creek Subdivision.

Evacuation Centers:

The fire department in Howard is an evacuation shelter, and Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Salida is taking in animals.  Around 80 animals have been evacuated.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said on their Facebook page that they do not need volunteers for animal evacuations and that they will request help if they do.  Call 784-3411 for information on volunteering.


Water donations are NOT needed at this time, as they received numerous pallets of water on Monday.  

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