For the latest on the Lower North Fork fire near Conifer and the Sawmill Gulch fire in the Genesee area, you can follow the updates on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office emergency blog and its official twitter site, @JeffcoSheriffCo.
You can also follow the @JeffcoColorado, the official Jefferson County twitter site. Once there, you can also follow the hashtags #LowerNorthForkFire and #SawmillFire.
Disaster Recovery Center:
The Fire Disaster Recovery Center has been established to assist residents whose homes and property are damaged by the fire. It opened on Saturday, March 31. It is a one-stop location for community members to go for assistance and recovery information regarding the Lower North Fork Wildfire. There will be agencies, departments and organizations available to answer questions; and there will be written information for community members to take for future reference.
- Update, April 2: The DRC will be moving locations from West Jefferson Middle School to the Mountain Resource Center, located at 11030 Kitty Drive in Conifer. Hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at this new location.
Public Health Concerns:
Jefferson County Public Health has good information on its website about the health threats from wildfire. See their Handouts and Fact Sheets page for details; look for "Wildfire Smoke Health Threats" at the bottom of the page.
You can also look to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Fire Smoke Health Advisory web page. They will be updating this page regularly.
Update, March 30: Health information associated with moving back into the Lower North Fork Wildfire area can be obtained from Jefferson County Public Health at 303-271-5700.
Lower North Fork Fire Animal Evacuations:
Jeffco Fairgrounds is hosting all large animal evacuations. So far, more than 100 animals have been rescued and brought to the Fairgrounds. We have RV Sites with clean showers available for a discounted rate of $15.00 to anyone affected by the fire. There is no fee for housing the animals here.
As of this time, we do not need any volunteers. We are not accepting any food/hay/grain donations for quality control reasons, but cash donations are accepted to purchase those items via the Jeffco Horse Council.
See the Fairgrounds website for more information, which will be updated throughout the day.
- Open Space:
(March 27, 2:39 p.m.) A new spot fire located 1.5 miles northwest of Waterton Canyon has prompted a PRE-evacuation notice of 6,500 homes in the surrounding area, including Deer Creek Canyon Park. Open Space Rangers are closing Deer Creek Canyon Park to incoming visitors at this time, and if evacuations are ordered, the park will be cleared of visitors and closed until further notice.
- Update, April 2: The Conifer Library (located inside Conifer High School) is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, April 4. Check back here or with the Jefferson County Public Library for updates.
How to Help Those Affected:
The Sheriff's Office put together a great list of the best way to help those affected by the Lower North Fork Fire: