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Community Leaders,

Kara here with the Governor’s Community Engagement team! In an effort to continue to provide you with an official update from the Governor’s office, below are some updates and information that the Governor provided. We appreciate your support in helping to share these updates with your network. With the rise of COVID-19 in Colorado it is critical that Coloradans stay safer at home whenever possible, and limit any socializing to one other household and less than ten people.

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Wildfire Update

Cameron Peak Fire: 206,977 acres and 57% contained.
Cameron Peak had resources diverted to Estes Park to address potential spread from the East Troublesome Fire.
Calwood Fire: 10,073 acres and 55% contained.
o Moderate fire behavior.
Lefthand Canyon Fire: 460 acres and 100% contained.
o Minimal fire behavior and total containment.
East Troublesome Fire: 170,163 acres and 5% contained.
o Continued active fire behavior and growth.
o Remains primarily in Life Safety Mode.
o Mandatory evacuations and road closures remain in effect.
o Mandatory evacuations issued yesterday for Estes Park. Inbound traffic to Estes Park was closed for Hwy 34, Hwy 36, and the Peak to Peak Hwy.
Middle Fork Fire: 20,194 acres and 1% contained.
Williams Fork Fire: 14,670 acres and 30% contained.
Ice Fire: 596 acres and 30% contained.

Fire behavior can change rapidly due to weather conditions, and fluctuation in temperatures and wind play a significant role in driving the growth of many of these fires.

Active wildfires lead to poorer air quality that could trigger respiratory symptoms. Those experiencing symptoms are encouraged to get a free, quick, and easy COVID-19 test. Know where to go by visiting covid19.colorado.gov/testing.

Visit with Evacuees

This morning, Governor Polis was joined by Congressman for Colorado’s 2nd District, Joe Neguse, Steve Kudron, Grand Lake Mayor, Grand County Commissioners, and cabinet members; Dan Gibbs, Department of National Resources Executive Director, Stan Hilkey, Department of Public Safety Director, and Shoshana Lew, Department of Transportation Director, to meet with East Troublesome Fire evacuees in Winter Park. This visit was part of a regional tour with stops in Larimer and Boulder counties, in addition to Grand County, to see the impacts of the fires in each community.

In Grand Lake alone, 7,040 homes were evacuated.

Like many in parts of our state and across the country displaced by wildfires, evacuees who have fled their homes in Grand Lake, Granby, and the surrounding areas, do not know when they can return or what they will find when they do.

In response, communities are taking care of one another, doing everything from offering up their homes to evacuees to taking in livestock. As many first responders and their families have been evacuated themselves, the Governor and the State of Colorado are grateful for responders’ continued support of efforts on the ground against all odds.

Rocky Mountain Metro Airport Visit

During a visit to Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, the Governor learned about the state’s utilization of air support to fight fires. Vital aircraft resources include:

• Six large airtankers;
• Two Water Scoopers;
• Nine single-engine airtankers;
• 41 helicopters standing by; and
• Thirty-nine helicopters remain committed to specific fires.

Temporary flight restrictions remain in place over the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, Williams Fork, Middle Fork, Calwood, Lefthand and Ice fires.

Incident Command Center and Tour with Sheriff Joe Pelle

In Loveland, the Governor visited the Incident Command Center for the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires, and received a briefing on the latest movements of each fire and resources used for containment.

And this afternoon, Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle joined the Governor to lead a tour through the Mountain Ridge neighborhood. Devastated by the Calwood and Lefthand Canyon Fires, Mountain Ridge residents were allowed to return to their homes to assess the damage.

Most Coloradans are impacted by these fires from a distance, whether it’s having to take a different route home due to road closures or experiencing respiratory symptoms due to poor air quality. But for thousands of people in our state, these fires mean upheaval. The Governor hopes to shed light on the harsh reality these Coloradans are facing. While scenes of dark, smoky skies, blackened forest floors, and damaged property on social media have become familiar, it is still important to remember that behind every photo and fire statistic reported, is a person.

Federal Wildfire Response

Following visits with evacuees and tours of the damage, the Governor went live from Lefthand Canyon with Congressman Neguse.

Congressman Neguse provided an update on the federal government’s response to the fires, noting that his district is currently dealing with five fires and has continued to push for additional federal resources. Earlier this week, the Congressman announced the authorization of FEMA-funded Fire Management Grants to fight the Calwood and East Troublesome fires, which were authorized back in September to fight the fast-moving Cameron Peak Fire. Additional federal action taken includes:

  • Passage of an amendment to add an additional $5 million in funds for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP).
  • Passage of an amendment to study wildfire smoke and improve smoke forecasts.
  • Letter campaign sent with other members of the Colorado delegation requesting that the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Center (NRCS) work with the State of Colorado and local governments to address threats from the Cameron Peak fire to the region’s watersheds and supply.

For more information on federal action, you can view Congressman Neguse’s Colorado Wildfire Resource Guide here.

The Governor highlighted the response efforts of firefighters on the ground; professionals and volunteers, Incident Command Teams, Emergency Managers, and communities who have stepped up to do their part. This type of coordination at all levels of government ensures we are doing everyone we can to contain these fires as soon as possible.

How Coloradans Can Help

Coloradans can support the fire efforts by donating to:

Coloradoresponds.org – this site connects donors to verified organizations so that those impacted by wildfires can continue to receive assistance.

Early notification saves lives. Sign up for county and statewide emergency alerts at ColoradoFireAlerts.com

State of Colorado Job Openings

We are looking for new individuals to fill the following positions! Please feel free to share these openings with your networks.


Senior Budget and Policy Analyst – Tax and Economic Development, Office of State Planning and Budgeting

  • Description: Provide insights on Colorado’s economy and how it affects the state’s fiscal outlook. Analyze state tax policies and revenue trends and make recommendations to policymakers. Manage the budget of one or more state agencies, identify and advance creative, cost-effective, and evidence-based solutions to public policy problems. Provide rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses on the major issues facing our state and communicate results and recommendations to policymakers. OSPB analysts are expected to become leading experts on the issues and agencies in their portfolios.
  • Application Closing Date: 11/09/2020
  • Apply: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/colorado/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=2882677

Senior Health IT Manager, Office of eHealth Innovation

  • Description: The Office of eHealth Innovation is responsible for defining, maintaining, and evolving Colorado’s Health IT strategy to improve health for Coloradans through coordinated health IT infrastructure, policy, and innovation. The Office of eHealth Innovation was formed as a direct result of a consensus between public and private stakeholders on the need of Health IT governance. Executive Order B 2015-008 established Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation and the eHealth Commission, with fiscal and administrative support from Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). The Office and eHealth Commission continue efforts in 2020 and beyond focused on advancing priorities of the Polis-Primavera Administration. The Senior Health IT Project Manager reports to OeHI through the Project Management Office within OIT. This role is responsible for implementing key Roadmap initiatives and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure strategies and projects align with evolving state and community needs.
  • Application Closing Date: 11/13/2020
  • Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2884434/sr-project-manager-term-limited?keywords=sr.%20project%20manager&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Department of Labor and Employment

  • Description: Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director, this position will have internal and external-facing strategic level responsibilities. The Director of Operations provides support to the Deputy Executive Director and will be involved in the management duties for AS such as supervising designated FTE, acting as a work/project lead for designated FTE, assigning tasks, allocating resources, providing performance input to the Deputy Executive Director, including recommending progressive discipline for the direct reports of the Deputy Executive Director.
  • Application Closing Date: 10/29/2020
  • Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2879885/director-unemployment-insurance-division?page=8&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Professional Land Surveyor- Denver Metro, Department of Transportation

  • Description: The primary purpose of this position is to ensure plans and legal descriptions comply with state statutes, department policy, and contract stipulations. Other primary functions require development and certification of right-of-way plans, by signing and stamping plans. This position also conducts project control, topographic, and land boundary surveys, relating all coordinate information to geodetic coordinates using published control.
  • Application Closing Date: Continuous
  • Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/2689076/professional-land-surveyor-denver-metro

State Boards & Commissions Openings

We are continually looking for qualified candidates to serve on almost 320 boards and commissions that oversee a large variety of subjects and make a wide range of decisions affecting your day-to-day lives as Coloradans. These boards are a tremendous opportunity for Coloradans to help govern and give back to the great state of Colorado. You can find some of the upcoming openings below:

Openings/ Upcoming Openings:

• Correctional Industries Advisory Committee
• Fire and Police Pension Association Board of Trustees
• Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force (NPATCH)
• Statewide Independent Living Council
• Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council
• Colorado Health Service Corps Advisory Council
• Colorado Commission on the Aging
• Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners
• Children’s Trust Fund Board
• Division of Youth Services Community Boards
• Colorado Aeronautical Board
• Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee
• Colorado Human Trafficking Council
• Judicial District Nominating Commissions (Judicial Districts: 2,7,11,12,15,19,20 & 22)

To apply, fill out an application at this link. To see other Boards and Commissions openings for the rest of 2020 and part of 2021, you can visit this link.

If you have any questions about Boards and Commissions, please contact Nikky Patel, Deputy Director of Boards and Commissions at gov_officeofboardsandcommissions@state.co.us.
We greatly appreciate your help to share information during this crisis, and we will continue to send regular updates. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or needs from our office. My cell phone is 720-982-5204. Thank you for doing your part.

We are all in this together!

You can view the Governor’s press briefing and listen to his full remarks here.

Thanks,
Kara
Deputy Community Engagement Director

200 E Colfax, State Capitol, Denver, CO 80203 
https://www.colorado.gov/governor/