The Maxwell Fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Lefthand Canyon area northwest of Boulder. The fire is estimated at 60 acres. Crews have made good progress and the fire is now 100% contained Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop up Friday. Remember just because the fire is contained it does not mean it isn't burning in some areas. There are still hot areas within the fire perimeter, along with unburned pockets of fuel.
A fire investigation determined the source of ignition was an abandoned campfire located 50 feet north of Lefthand Canyon Drive. This is the third fire in the Lefthand Canyon area this year. The Forest Service is responding by taking a hard look at what has happened the past few months including current uses and their impacts. Agency officials are considering options for changes in area management keeping weather, available resources, and public safety in mind.
|Date of Origin||Sunday June 26th, 2011 approx. 05:00 PM|
|Location||Lefthand Canyon Area of Roosevelt National Forest|
|Incident Commander||Lance Broyles|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday June 30th, 2011 approx. 08:00 PM|
Higher humidity over night helped remove some of the interior heat, but there is still some heat and unburned pockets of fuel that could ignite within containment lines.
Firefighters, including the Medicine-Bow Type 2 crew, continued to patrol, mop up and secure line today and led to a 100% containment.
Steep, rocky terrain, concern of rolling rocks
No homes are threatened and no evacuations are in place.