Help for Those Impacted by CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Wildfires
We know this is a very difficult time for all those impacted by the Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon fires in Boulder County. We want you to know we are here to help.
A virtual bilingual Disaster Assistance Center has been set up and will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the Disaster Assistance Center at 303-441-1206. Leave a message with your name, phone number and/or email address, and physical address, along with a brief description of the help you need. We will get back to you within two business days.
Boulder County has the following supports available for anyone who was evacuated or otherwise impacted due to the fires:
- Food assistance
- Housing assistance
- Financial counseling
- Health coverage
- Transportation assistance
- Referrals and linkages to other basic needs
- Mental health supports
- Help with debris removal
Please reach out if you were evacuated and need help, and see the English/Spanish flyer for returning evacuees for additional information.
Boulder County remains committed to supporting you. General information about what to consider after a major wildfire is outlined in this Fire Recovery Guide. Please tell us other information you need by emailing email@example.com.
Financial Assistance & Mental Health
- Insurance Support
If your property is damaged or destroyed, this guidance will help you get started on the road to recovery, make good decisions, and keep moving forward.
- Wildfire & Financial Supports
Learn how Boulder County can help those who have been evacuated or who were otherwise affected by wildfire.
- Mental Health After a Wildfire
A natural disaster like a wildfire can have a significant impact on emotional well-being. Take steps to ensure that you are taking care of your emotional needs during this time of crisis.
- Debris (Including Ash & Asbestos) Handling & Disposal
Use caution when cleaning debris from burned structures that could contain asbestos.
- Fire Suppressant Safety
Learn how to safely clean up fire suppressant.
- Food Safety After a Fire
Food exposed to fire can be compromised by the heat of the fire, the fumes from the smoke, chemicals used to fight the fire, and power outages from the fire.
- Safe Cleanup after a Fire
Everyday items, such as household cleaners, fertilizers, and pesticides contain dangerous chemicals that may have spilled in or near your home during the fire response.
- Potential Hazards in a Wildfire Area
Working in an area that has been affected by a wildfire poses some physical risks. Learn how to stay safe.
- Tetanus Risk & First Aid after a Fire
After a wildfire, there is risk of injury as cleanup efforts begin. Tetanus is a concern for persons with both open and closed wounds, and a tetanus vaccination is recommended for all residents returning to the burn area who have not had a documented dose within the past ten years.
- Wells & Wastewater After a Fire
Wells or septic systems could be adversely affected by a wildfire, power outages, equipment failure from fire damage, or contamination of water supplies. Be prepared, and have plenty of bottled water available for drinking and cooking when you return home.
Volunteers & Donations
Volunteers: We do not need individual volunteers at this time. You are encouraged to look for opportunities through https://www.volunteermatch.org/ in your area by inputting your zip code to find local needs. Recovery will be a long road for many, and your help will be appreciated in the weeks and months ahead by the many non-profit organizations helping impacted residents in our area.
Food items: Due to COVID-19 and changing logistics, we are no longer accepting donated food items for firefighters, affected families, or first responders. We are very sorry for this reality and appreciate the thought.
Goods: If you would like to donate household/healthcare/clothing items, please donate them to local non-profits like Our Center and Sister Carmen Community Center, and thrift stores in your area.
Lodging/Housing: Individual offers of housing, although very generous, cannot be coordinated through Boulder County emergency response due to legal and liability concerns.
Monetary Donations: The 2020 Fires Relief Fund has been established at Community Foundation Boulder County in partnership with Boulder County. Donations will benefit those impacted by the Cal-Wood Fire and the Lefthand Canyon Fire. Tax-deductible donations can be made any of the following ways:
- Mail checks made out to “Community Foundation Boulder County” with “2020 Fires Relief Fund” in the memo to Community Foundation Boulder County, 1123 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO, 80302.
- To make gifts of stock or inquire about other options, please contact Lynda Ricketson, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, at 720-667-3557.
Options Moving Forward
Community Planning & Permitting (formerly known as the Land Use Department) is committed to assisting residents recover after a wildfire. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org when you are ready to begin discussing options.