Headlines October 22, 2020
Increased containment on Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon Fires
The Cal-Wood fire is now 10,073 acres and 24% contained. Crews were active around the fire on Wednesday. Firefighters had aerial support and firelines held even as winds increased across the area.
The Lefthand Canyon Fire, it is now 460 acres and 43% contained. The majority of that containment is on the southern side of the fire area.
Access to evacuated areas has not yet been granted. People are being asked to avoid the area until further notice.
East Troublesome Fire Grows Significantly
Significant amounts of smoke were visible in Boulder on Wednesday, the majority of that was from the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County. That fire exploded on Wednesday prompting the town of Grand Lake to be evacuated. The Denver Post reports that the fire crossed highway I-25 on Wednesday afternoon, resulting on parts of the highway being closed down.
The fire was driven by strong winds, with gusts of about 35 mph. The fire is burning more than 125,000 acres.
The Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to the public due to the fire.
Minimal Growth in Cameron Peak Fire
The Cameron Peak Fire had minimal growth Wednesday despite some severe winds in the area.
The fire is listed at 206,977 acres. Containment increased by 3% to a total of 55%.
CU Papers Reveal Regents Considered Firing Benson
Bruce Benson, who retired as the President of the University of Colorado last year, was possibly going to be fired by the Board of Regents.
The Denver Post reports that Benson’s announcement in the summer of 2018 that he planned to retire preempted a previously undisclosed attempt by a majority of the Board of Regents to fire him.
Records obtained by The Denver Post detail the Regents’ private discussions during the summer of 2018 about firing Benson over concerns about his lack of leadership and efficacy at the helm of the four-campus university system.