Coal Creek Canyon Entrances / Exits by Road

Road closures happen for emergency and non-emergency reasons. In recent memory roads have been closed due to train carriages across the road, bridge instability after accident and even for flash flood taking out the highway and/or causing sink holes in the highway. Roads can also be closed for many other emergency and non-emergency reasons and for extended periods, sometimes without notice.

Living in Coal Creek Canyon it is valuable to know the four main entrances / exits that the canyon has available, so you are able to navigate around unexpected and/or extended closures.

Perhaps visit or take your family on a visit to the main north and south routes in good weather to check them out before you need them. They are gloriously scenic routes worth a visit, and a picnic / hike.

Note: It is not hard to know and find these routes from inside Coal Creek Canyon, heading out. However, do you know how to find them from outside Coal Creek Canyon heading home?

Map of Coal Creek Canyon with main entrance / exit roads shown.

Roadways in and out of Coal Creek Canyon.

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Colorado Classic Bike Race to impact Coal Creek Canyon Roads

The Colorado Classic Bike Race is scheduled to come through Coal Creek Canyon for Stage 3 on Saturday August 12th. There will be road closures impacting our canyon.

Colorado Classic Logo

Colorado Classic Bike Race

For overall information, visit the CDOT home page to see the announcements at the top. The temporary/rolling closures will be:

  • Highway 93 (from 58th)
  • Highway 72 to Twin Spruce Road
  • Twin Spruce / Gap Road
  • Highway 119 / Golden Gate Canyon Road

See the CDOT website for estimated times of closures.

Coal Creek Canyon Fire Department is implementing our action plan to ensure minimal impacts to emergency response within the canyon through the closures of the race.

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Fire Ban Update

Boulder and Gilpin counties have lifted the stage 1 fire bans.

JeffCo is still in a Stage 1 fire ban:

Jefferson County Stage 1 Fire Ban

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Update on Fire Ban Restrictions

Jefferson County has rescinded the Stage 2 Fire Ban and reenacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Boulder County and USFS remain in Stage 1 restrictions. Gilpin County has lifted all restrictions. Want the cliff’s notes? Campfires on private property within permanent fire rings are okay. Campfires on Winniger Ridge remain illegal (sorry). I have not yet had the time to change the signs around the canyon but will do so tomorrow. Links to the various restrictions are below:
Boulder County Stage 1 Restrictions

Gilpin County- NO RESTRICTIONS

Jefferson County Stage 1 Fire Restictions

US Forest Service Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

 

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Jefferson County implementing FIRE BAN

Fire Danger Very High – No Open Burning

Jefferson County is implementing a FIRE BAN effective at noon on Thursday July 13th 2017. Links to this ban and restrictions by our other counties and the USFS are below. However, due to the increased risk of wildland fire, the Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District strongly recommends that all of our residents observe a fire ban until conditions improve, regardless of which county they reside in.

Boulder County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Gilpin County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Stage 2 FIRE BAN

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions District Wide

Gilpin County has joined Boulder and Jefferson Counties and the Boulder Ranger District of the US Forest Service in enacting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The entirety of the CCCFPD is now under Stage 1 Restrictions. Links to the full fire restrictions are below:

Boulder County Fire Restrictions

Gilpin County Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Fire Restrictions

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

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Drift Smoke

As you have most likely noticed, we have been experiencing quite a bit of “drift smoke.” There is a faint smell of smoke and often a light haze visible here in the canyon, particularly in the mornings and evenings.

This drift smoke is coming from active fires to our west that are quite a distance away and will most likely be noticeable for many days to come.

As always, if you see smoke that you feel is more than a light haze (especially a distinguishable source of smoke), notice a heavy smell of smoke, or for any other reason are concerned that there may be a wild-land fire in our area you may call 911 to have your Fire Department respond and investigate.

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Enforced

Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions

To address increasing fire danger, the Sheriffs of Boulder and Jefferson Counties as well as the Boulder Ranger District of the US Forest Service have enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

Under these restrictions, residents are permitted to have campfires on private property within permanent fire rings so long as the fire is no greater than 2’ in diameter and 3’ in height.

Fires within undeveloped campgrounds where fees are not charged are strictly prohibited. This includes the campsites on Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir.

If you would like to have a campfire on your private property, please do us the favor of notifying Boulder County Fire Dispatch at (303) 441-4444. Doing so helps prevent the fire department from being called out unnecessarily. Links to the full fire restrictions are below:

Boulder County Fire Restrictions

Jefferson County Fire Restrictions

US Forest Service Fire Restrictions

With the approaching holiday, we’d also like to remind you of the rule of thumb regarding fireworks: If it explodes or leaves the ground it is most likely illegal in the State of Colorado.

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Raise your emergency response awareness…

Do you have questions on Emergency Preparedness, Wild-land Fire Mitigation, Fire Bans or Restrictions, Evacuation Alerts and/or Reverse Notifications? What about Animal Evacuations, Sheltering or Registries?

This is your opportunity to get those questions answered:

Tuesday, June 6th

6:00PM

CCCIA

Let’s make this a valuable community event. Let’s raise community awareness and understanding of how to respond in case of an emergency.

Come and meet representatives from each of the three counties that comprise Coal Creek Canyon: Boulder County, Gilpin County and Jefferson County.

See you there.

Highway 72 Road Closure

Do you know multiple routes home?

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Emergency Preparedness Workshop June 6th

Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Is your household prepared for the next emergency? Do you have an evacuation plan for your family and your pets in the event of a wildland fire? On Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00PM we will be holding a Coal Creek Canyon Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the CCCIA Hall. Various Boulder, Gilpin, and Jefferson County representatives from Emergency Management, Fire Management, Animal Control, and Wildfire Mitigation will be presenting.

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Fire Information

Very High
15-Dec-17