The Cal-Wood fire started around midday on Saturday, October 17th and burned more than 8,700 acres in just over 24 hours. Ultimately, the fire burned 10,106 acres, including more than 20 homes and parts of the Cal-Wood Education Center dedicated to providing access to school children to outdoor education. It was the largest wildfire in Boulder County history and just one of several wildfires that burned in the Front Range in 2020.
Rossana Longo-Better spoke with Angie Busby, a Land Restoration Manager at the Cal-Wood Education Center, as she supervised a group from Wildland Restoration Volunteers and Promotores Verdes as they piled wood in an effort to thin the forest and prevent future damage. Nearby helicopters picked up dead trees later returned to the burned scar as wood chips to aid with soil retention.