NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
8:43 PM MDT Mon Aug 2 2021

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado, and north central Mesa County in west central Colorado.

Map of Flash Flood Warning area

* Until 10:45 PM MDT.

* At 8:43 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek Drainages. Between 0.3 and 0.6 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.7 to 1.3 inches in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose
materials.

HAZARD…Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire burn area, including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include northern and eastern portions of the Pine Gulch burn scar.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Heavy rainfall will cause flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

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FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.7-1.3 INCHES IN 1 HOUR

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

National Weather Service

20:27 PM, Aug 2, 2021
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in western Eagle County in west central Colorado, east central Garfield County in west central Colorado

* Until 1030 PM MDT.

* At 827 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the eastern part of the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area in the Deadhorse Creek and French Creek basins Between 0.3 and 0.6 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.5 to 1 inch in 1 hour.

Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through Dead Horse and French Creek drainages. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Deadhorse and French Creek Basins.

This includes the following highways – Interstate 70 in Colorado between mile markers 125 and 129.

This includes the following streams and drainages – Deadhorse and French Creeks

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.5-1 INCH IN 1 HOUR Instructions: Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Elkhead and Park Mountains-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide-Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake
City, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus
2:30 PM MDT Mon Aug 2, 2021

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* Portions of northwest Colorado, southwest Colorado and west central Colorado.

* Until Midnight MDT tonight.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of western Colorado and eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of northwest Colorado, southwest Colorado and west central Colorado.

* From Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of Western Colorado will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall Tuesday
afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Upper Gunnison River Valley-Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River,
including the cities of Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Gunnison, Cimarron, Gateway, and Nucla
3:06 AM MDT Mon, Aug 2, 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH 10 PM THIS EVENING

Map of Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of southwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in southwest Colorado, Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Upper Gunnison River Valley.

* From Noon MDT today through this evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of western Colorado and eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration

Colorado State Governor’s Office

Aug 2, 2021, 12:44 pm – These photos show the extreme damage from the mudslides. We are getting ready to issue the state disaster declaration and the preparing the request for a federal declaration under the Stafford Act. I was planning on joining helicopter surveillance of the damage today but due to rain and hail the choppers aren’t flying and the damage is potentially going to get even worse. Colorado Department of Transportation Execuive Director Shoshana Lew is on site in Glenwood managing the emergency. – Jared Polis, Governor

8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

8/01/21, 4 pm – I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will continue to be closed due to “extreme damage” from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding Saturday night (7/31); this assessment was provided by senior operations supervisors and engineering staff who described damage to the viaduct structure unlike anything they had seen before. CDOT crews are assessing damage and continue to clear debris and mudflow when weather conditions are safe.

Detour route around I-70 Glenwood Canyon:
CDOT strongly asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route via I-70 – CO 9 – US 40 – CO 13. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area should exit I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Travelers will continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90). Eastbound travelers can detour using the same route in reverse.

For trucks planning to travel through Colorado, CDOT recommends they take I-80 through Wyoming.

Check out COtrip.org for the latest status on road conditions.

8-1-21 Glenwood Canyon
CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Central Mountains and western Colorado

National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains-Tavaputs Plateau-La Sal and
Abajo Mountains-
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, Hesperus, and Monticello
1:25 PM MDT Sun Aug 1 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Colorado and Utah.

* Until 9 PM MDT this evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah and another round of heavy rain producing thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening.
This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Additionally: The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Colorado and Utah.

* From Monday afternoon through Monday evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall Monday afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains-Tavaputs Plateau-La Sal and Abajo Mountains –
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, Hesperus, and Monticello
3:05 AM MDT Sun Aug 1 2021

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH 9 PM THIS EVENING.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Colorado and Utah.

* From noon MDT today through this evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah and another round of heavy rain producing thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire Burn Scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Central Mountains and western Colorado

GCSO: Motorists from Glenwood Canyon safely in Glenwood Springs

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

July 30, 9:15 am: Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, an active storm cell passed over Glenwood Canyon before a full closure of the canyon could be implemented. A few vehicles and their passengers were able to shelter in place within the Hanging Lake Tunnel.

Garfield County Emergency Operations was activated. A temporary shelter was set up at the Glenwood Recreation Center where Red Cross is prepared to handle incomers to that facility.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, along with Glenwood Springs Fire and a bus from RFTA headed into the canyon to reach the twenty plus individuals that were in the tunnel. They followed CDOT crews as they made a path through two debris flow areas to reach the tunnel.

Early this morning the bus reached the tunnel and took people back to Glenwood. Several motorists drove their own vehicles out, following the bus to safety and shelter at the recreation center.

There are still multiple vehicles caught in the canyon. CDOT will be busy rescuing these vehicles and their occupants while cleaning up the debris flows. Motorists should plan on an alternative route, as this will likely be an extended closure of the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon.

Please check cotrip.org for continuous updates.

Colorado Department of Transportation

GCSO: Motorists from Glenwood Canyon safely in Glenwood Springs

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire area

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
12:42 AM MDT Fri Jul 30 2021

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has extended the

* Flash Flood Warning for the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado, and north central Mesa County in west central Colorado.

* Until 2:45 AM MDT.

* At 12:42 AM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire burn area. Between 0.6 and 1 inch of rain has fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.5 to 0.8 inches in 1 hour. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.3 to 0.6 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire burn area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include mainly rural areas of southwestern Garfield and north central Mesa counties.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire area

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
721 PM MDT Wed Jul 28 2021

Map of affected area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado and north Central Mesa County in west central Colorado.

* Until 1015 PM MDT.

* At 721 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. The expected rainfall rate is 0.5 to 1 inch in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include mainly rural areas of southwestern Garfield and north central Mesa counties.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks., streams and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters, climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

NWS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

NOTE: Visitors to the fairgrounds are now released to seating areas for Xtreme Bulls to begin.

Earlier, visitors at the fairgrounds sheltered in the North and South halls due to lightning until it was safe to begin the Xtreme Bulls event.

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
630 PM MDT Wed Jul 28 2021

Map of affected area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northwestern Mesa County in west central Colorado and southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado.

* Until 730 PM MDT.

* At 630 PM MDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 6 miles west of De Beque to near Palisade to 15 miles southeast of Grand Junction, moving west at 30 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include Grand Junction and Fruita.

This includes the following highways…
Interstate 70 in Colorado between mile markers 14 and 69.
U.S. Highway 50 in Colorado between mile markers 32 and 49.
Colorado 65 between mile markers 53 and 61.
Colorado 139 between mile markers 1 and 7, and near mile marker 9.
Colorado 141 between mile markers 146 and 162.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

NWS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area in Glenwood Canyon

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
2:08 PM MDT Wed, Jul 28, 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Watch for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain valleys.
  • Until Midnight MDT tonight.
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area in Glenwood Canyon

GCSO: Fire restrictions lifted in many areas of Garfield County

FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFT FRIDAY, JULY 30; EXCEPT ON BLM LANDS

GARFIELD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the seven fire districts in Garfield County and all U.S. Forest Service lands in Garfield County are removing fire restrictions. This applies to unincorporated Garfield County, and is effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2021.

Recent rains have provided some relief from the drier conditions we were experiencing, although this could change quickly. Weekly meetings are held to assess the moisture content of the fuels, current and anticipated fire danger, local available resources to fight a fire, and consistency of fire related messages across various jurisdictions in Garfield County.

Although the restrictions have been lifted, people need to be cautious when using outdoor fires including open fires, campfires, and all other situations that involve open flames in a public or private area. If you have any questions, please contact your local fire department; in some cases a burn permit may be necessary.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during these fire restrictions, as well as all first responders who have worked to minimize and control fire spread when detected.

Garfield County fire restrictions

GCSO: Fire restrictions lifted in many areas of Garfield County