The pre-evacuation notice currently in place for the residents of Garfield County living in the Sweetwater area has been lifted. Today’s update from the Incident Management Team has containment of the Grizzly Creek Fire at 30%.
Area residents are reminded that even though the immediate threat has been mitigated, they need to stay vigilant. Be aware of changes in weather patterns, wind direction, ambient temperatures, fuel supply and moisture content of the fuels.
Sheriff Lou Vallario stated in a recent community meeting held by the Incident Command Team on the Pine Gulch Fire, “Fire behavior is crazy, once you get home, are settled and get some things done; please get back into that pre-evacuation mode by having a “to-go” bag ready. Make sure medicines, pets, are ready to go, so that if we need to pull that trigger and we put you in pre-evacuation or it’s time to evacuate, you’re all in good shape and no one is scrambling and no one is panicking.”
This is good advice whenever you are in the proximity of an active fire. Whether you are officially under a pre- evacuation order, returning from being evacuated, or simply live close to the active fire, situational awareness is imperative.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Great Basin Incident Management Team, all first responders in Garfield and Eagle County, as well as CDOT and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for their continued work and diligence in protecting all residents of both counties, facilitating travel with a goal of getting everyone home safely and ultimately containing the Grizzly Creek Fire.