Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Emergency Status
Mar 20

Sunshine Fire – March 20 Update

  • Fire is now at 80% containment – 12 p.m.
  • Fire was stable overnight – the concerns with high winds did not come to fruition.
    • Firefighters spent the evening putting out hot spots and flare ups
  • There is a fire line completely around the fire perimeter. This could be a dug line, a road, or a slurry line.
    • There is a very low probability of the fire jumping this line under normal conditions…but unfortunately there is a Red Flag Warning today which means we are not under normal weather conditions.
    • Red Flag Warning will be in affect until 7 p.m. tonight. Today is another day of high temperatures and low moisture.
  • The fire is still hottest in the Northwest corner of the fire footprint
  • Roughly $500,000 was spent on fire fighting efforts yesterday
  • Today there are 178 firefighters and 50 fire apparatus working in the field
  • We have 1 Type-3 helicopter on stand-by to do more bucket drops
  • The East Boulder Community Center still remains open as a shelter location – one person used the shelter overnight
    • The shelter will be considering closing sometime this morning
  • One evacuated horse stayed at the Boulder County Fairgrounds overnight