COGS: No outdoor water use in Glenwood Springs

Garco 911

12:27 pm, July 30 – Glenwood Springs: No outdoor water use until Wednesday, August 4th at 6:00 pm. A message will be sent when the issue has been resolved.

City of Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs issues increased water use restrictions for July 31 until August 2
9:32 pm, July 30, 2021

NO LAWN WATERING or outdoor usage restriction implemented 

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – The City of Glenwood Springs has issued increased water restrictions for July 31, 2021 until 8 a.m. on August 2, 2021 following heavy rains over both the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine burn scars and heavy debris into the Roaring Fork River and No Name Creek. No exterior water use including lawn watering, washing cars, and filling pools. Water remains safe for regular indoor use and consumption.

“Right now, all of our water tanks in town are at a good level for indoor water use, but we expect the debris in our water supplies to remain rather heavy with all the recent rain,” said Public Works Director Matt Langhorst. “Forecasts indicate there is still more rain to come which likely means even more debris, so it is important that everyone take action now to tun off outdoor water systems, which use very high amounts of water, until the debris lessens.”

The City is working with large water users on the City water to turn off outdoor water systems. Water restriction violations can be reported to Glenwood Police at 970-384-6500. These restrictions will be reviewed daily.

Debris flows

There have been several slides into the water supplies. 

“For a sense of how much debris we’re clearing, we currently have a turbidity reading of about 300-400 NTU coming from the Roaring Fork and approximately 4,000 NTU from No Name. A typical reading for our water sources is less than 6 NTU,” said Langhorst.

NTU stands for nephelometric turbidity units and is a measurement for cloudiness in water. Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
1 de agosto de 2021

Glenwood Springs emite mayores restricciones de uso de agua al aire libre del 31 de julio hasta el 2 de agosto

Se implementan restricciones de NO REGAR EL CÉSPED o de uso de agua en exteriores

Glenwood Springs, Colorado – La ciudad de Glenwood Springs ha emitido un aumento de las restricciones de uso del agua del 31 de julio de 2021 hasta las 8 a.m. del 2 de agosto de 2021 después de las fuertes lluvias sobre las marcas de los incendios de Grizzly Creek y el lago Christine y los fuertes escombros en el río Roaring Fork y No Name Creek. No se podrá utilizar el agua en el exterior, incluyendo el riego del césped, el lavado de coches y el llenado de piscinas. El agua sigue siendo segura para su uso y consumo en interiores.

En este momento, todos nuestros tanques de agua en la ciudad están en un buen nivel para el uso de agua en interiores, pero esperamos que los escombros en nuestros suministros de agua sigan siendo bastante pesados con toda la lluvia reciente”, dijo el Director de Obras Públicas Matt Langhorst. “Los pronósticos indican que todavía hay más lluvia por venir, lo que probablemente significa aún más escombros, por lo que es importante que todos tomen medidas ahora para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre, que utilizan cantidades muy altas de agua, hasta que los escombros disminuyan”.

La ciudad está trabajando con los grandes usuarios de agua de la ciudad para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre. Las violaciones a las restricciones de agua pueden reportarse a la policía de Glenwood al 970-384-6500. Estas restricciones se revisarán diariamente.

Flujos de escombros

Ha habido varios deslizamientos en los suministros de agua.

“Para tener una idea de la cantidad de escombros que estamos despejando, actualmente tenemos una lectura de turbidez de alrededor de 300-400 NTU procedentes del Roaring Fork y aproximadamente 4.000 NTU de No Name. Una lectura típica para nuestras fuentes de agua es de menos de 6 NTU”, dijo Langhorst.

NTU son las siglas de unidades nefelométricas de turbidez y es una medida de la nubosidad del agua. La turbidez es la nubosidad o la confusión de un fluido causada por un gran número de partículas individuales que suelen ser invisibles a simple vista, como el humo en el aire. La medición de la turbidez es una prueba clave de la calidad del agua.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8:18 pm, July 31, 2021

Glenwood Springs: No outdoor water use until Monday August 2nd at 8:00 am. A message will be sent when the issue has been resolved.

COGS: No outdoor water use in Glenwood Springs

Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire area

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
651 PM MDT Sun Jul 25 2021

Map of Flash Flood Warning 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…north Central Mesa County in west central Colorado…

* Until 845 PM MDT.

* At 651 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.

Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire area

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon

Garco 911

July 24, 5:27 pm – I-70 is open between mile markers 87 West Rifle in both directions, and mile marker 133 Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 24, 5:21 pm – Glenwod Canyon is cleared and crews are reopening all closures. Crews will remain on standby until WATCH expires at 9 pm. Eastbound will continue to have a single lane closure in place.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
438 PM MDT Sat Jul 24 2021

Flash Flood Watch map

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include 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 9 PM MDT this evening.

* National Weather Service Meteorologists are forecasting possible 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.

Garco 911

July 24, 3:41 pm: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 87 west Rifle both directions, 133 Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 24, 3:28 pm
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 630 PM MDT.

* At 328 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. The expected rainfall rate is 0.2 to 0.5 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 Glenwood Canyon 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 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… Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.2-0.5 INCHES IN 1 HOUR.

This is a life threatening situation. 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.

Garco 911

July 24, 1:10 pm – I-70 is open between mile-markers 133 Dotsero eastbound and 116, Glenwood Springs exit.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 24, 1:05 pm – I-70 eastbound and westbound between mile markers 116 and 133 in Glenwood Canyon is open following forecasted precipitation and debris flows over the Grizzly Creek burn area. There are several locations throughout the canyon that are down to one lane while crews continue clean up operations, so please slow down through the work zone. For the status of the road closure, please check cotrip.org or CDOT’s Twitter page, or call 5-1-1.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
11:46 AM MDT Sat Jul 24 2021

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include 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 9 PM MDT this evening.

* 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.

Garco 911

July 24, 4:27 am – I-70 is open between mile markers 133 Dotsero and 116 Glenwood Springs westbound lanes only.

More info on Glenwood Canyon closure and Colorado River impacts

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon

CDOT: I-70 westbound open in Glenwood Canyon after debris flows and Colorado River impacts

Garco 911

July 24, 4:27 am – I-70 is open between mile markers 133 Dotsero and 116 Glenwood Springs westbound lanes only.

Colorado Department of Transportation

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon closed due to several debris flows
Extended closure anticipated. Motorists should use alternate route

July 22, 9:14 pm UPDATE:

I-70 Corridor – I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed in both directions again, due to several debris flows that occurred around 5:30 p.m. this evening. The extended closure is between Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 133 (Dotsero), with an additional closure point at Exit 87 (West Rifle).

Crews are continuing to assess the slide areas with particular attention to a debris field blocking the Colorado River at mile point 124, about one mile west of Hanging Lake Tunnel. The roadway was not impacted at this location, but CDOT engineers are on site to evaluate any damage to structures. Cinnamon Creek, above the Hanging Lake Tunnel complex, also experienced a significant debris flow but the tunnel complex was not damaged.

An earlier safety closure had been put in place at 4:45 p.m., so vehicles were clear of the canyon. 

This is an EXTENDED CLOSURE and motorists are encouraged to utilize the northern alternate route (Please see attached map). That route is Colorado Highway 13 from Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling, and down Colorado Highway 9 to Silverthorne.

Motorists traveling westbound can access Colorado Highway 82 / Independence Pass. Commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles longer than 35 feet are not permitted on Independence Pass.

Please do not use navigation applications to look for alternate routes.There are many auxiliary roads such as Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass and Eagle/Thomasville Road that are not passable and do not have cell service. Cottonwood Pass is restricted to local traffic only.

Glenwood Canyon debris flow - July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon debris flows - July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon mud flow - July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon debris flow on July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon, Colorado debris flow July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon debris flow for July 22, 2021

Glenwood Canyon debris flow from July 22, 2021

Garco 911

July 22, 6:16 pm: The existing closure on I-70 has been moved from mile marker 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, to mile marker 87, west Rifle.

I-70 is closed between exit 87 and 116 eastbound, with local traffic allowed through exit 109 to access the Highway 82 corridor. Westbound, I-70 is closed at Dotsero, exit 133.

Colorado Department of Transportation

UPDATE – 6:15 pm (7/22) – Debris flows have occurred in several sections of I-70 Glenwood Canyon. This is an EXTENDED CLOSURE with no estimated time of reopening, while crews assess the debris flows. Motorists are advised to seek the northern alternate route via Steamboat Springs.

CDOT asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route when detouring around the closure. 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.

Glenwood Canyon detour route

City of Glenwood

July 22, 6:06 pm: Safety closure in effect for the Glenwood Springs River Park at Midland and Devereux and the pedestrian bridge crossing the Colorado River from the River Trail to Two Rivers Park. No estimated time for reopening.

National Weather Service

July 22, 2021, 4:36 p.m.: 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 6:30 p.m.

At 4:36 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon 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 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 Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT: CONSIDERABLE
Instructions: This is a life threatening situation. 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.

GarCo 911

July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 22, 2021, 12 p.m.: A flash flood watch is in effect for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area through the evening. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the flash flood watch to include 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.

National Weather Service meteorologists are monitoring the possibility for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

CDOT: I-70 westbound open in Glenwood Canyon after debris flows and Colorado River impacts

NWS: I-70 open; Flash Flood Warning expired for Glenwood Canyon

Garco911

July 13, 6:05 pm; I-70 is open between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero.

July 13, 5:23 pm; I-70 is closed at mile-marker 87 West Rifle EB, closure remains in place due to current storm cell in Rifle.

National Weather Service

July 13, 4:57 p.m.: Flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Burn area expires at 5 p.m. for western Eagle and east central Garfield counties. The heavy rain has ended. Flash flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. Please continue to heed remaining road closures.

GarCo911

July 13, 4:02 p.m.: The existing closure on I-70 has been moved from mile-marker mm109 EB, Canyon Creek exit, to mile-marker 87, West Rifle Exit.

July 13, 3:50 p.m.: The existing closure on I-70 has been moved from mile-marker mm 116 EB, main Glenwood exit, to mile-marker 109, Canyon Creek exit. Local traffic can get through.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Safety closure in place for I-70 Glenwood Canyon due to high potential of flash flooding

July 13, 3:15 p.m.: CDOT is putting a safety closure in place for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service. Closure points for westbound traffic will be Exit 133 (Dotsero) to Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Closure points for eastbound traffic will be from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 109 (Canyon Creek). The safety closure is in place to protect motorists from the potential of flash floods, mudslides, rockfall or other hazards that can be triggered by heavy rains at the location of Grizzly Creek burn scar area. The closure will remain in place through the duration of the Flash Flood Warning, which is forecast to end at 5 p.m. tonight.

GarCo911

July 13, 3:24 p.m.: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 13, 3:06 p.m.: 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 5 p.m. MDT.

At 3:06 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain approaching the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon 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 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 Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE
Instructions: This is a life-threatening situation. 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.

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
1151 AM MDT Tue Jul 13 2021
Map of areas with Flash Flood Watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

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 8 PM MDT this evening.
  • 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.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 13, 7:35 am
CDOT closed Grizzly Creek rest area at I-70 mile marker 121 eastbound and westbound today, as well as Shoshone rest area, mile marker 123 due to forecasted precipitation over the Grizzly Creek burn scar. Updates will be posted to cotrip.org.

NWS: I-70 open; Flash Flood Warning expired for Glenwood Canyon

CDOT: I-70 in Glenwood Canyon reopened – flash flood warning expired

June 29, 2021

Colorado Department of Transportation

Update, 8:15 pm
OPEN – I-70 Glenwood Canyon is open in both directions from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 133 (Dotsero). Grizzly Creek and Shoshone Power Plant rest areas will remain closed overnight. New updates will post to cotrip.org. (Final update for Tues. 6/29)

Update, 5:34 pm
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for the Grizzly Creek Burn Scar. There is now a safety closure for I-70 in Glenwood Canyon between Exit 133 (Dotsero) and Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) westbound, and Exit 87 (West Rifle) and Exit 133 eastbound, with local traffic allowed through at exit 109 for Glenwood Springs.

The northern alternate route is now in place, but motorists can also wait out the Flash Flood Warning if they prefer. The warning is expected to end at 8 pm tonight (Tuesday). However, if a debris flow or mudslide occurs during the warning, I-70 will be closed for a longer period of time. Motorists that decide to wait out the closure MUST wait at a location off I-70, and will NOT be allowed to wait on the roadway. All updates will be posted to cotrip.org and comments on this post will not be monitored.

Garco911

Update, 5:23 pm
I-70 is closed both directions mile-marker 116 to 133, Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning. The National Weather Service has upgraded the flash flood watch to a flash flood warning for Glenwood Canyon.

National Weather Service

Update, 5:06 pm
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a:

* Flash Flood Warning for…
The Grizzly Creek Burn Area in…
Western Eagle County in west central Colorado…
East Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…

* Until 800 PM MDT.

* At 505 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area. Flash flooding is
ongoing or expected to begin shortly.
Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow
moving through the Glenwood Canyon 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 Grizzly
Creek Burn Area.
SOURCE…Radar.
IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around
the Grizzly Creek Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…
Shoshone.
FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED
FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE

Update, 11:22 a.m.
The National Weather Service has posted a hazardous weather outlook for Garfield County. A flash flood watch is in place for the Central Colorado River Basin until 9 p.m. this evening.

Colorado Department of Transportation

7:30 a.m.: The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that rest areas are closed along Interstate 70, both eastbound and westbound, at Grizzly Creek (mile marker 121) and Shoshone (mile marker 123) due to forecast precipitation over the Grizzly Creek burn scar.

CDOT: I-70 in Glenwood Canyon reopened – flash flood warning expired

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon fully reopened

Colorado Department of Transportation

6:06 p.m., June 28, 2021
I-70 is open between mile markers 133 and 116 both eastbound and westbound in Glenwood Canyon. Closely monitor weather for further potential notifications of rain that may affect the Grizzly Creek burn scar in this area.


3:43 p.m., June 28, 2021
Garco911: Eastbound I-70 is open

I-70 is open between mile markers 87 and 133 eastbound, West Rifle to Dotsero. Eastbound is only open, westbound is still closed.

3:17 p.m., June 28, 2021
CDOT: Eastbound I-70 is open in Glenwood Canyon

Eastbound I-70 is open in Glenwood Canyon. Closure points for eastbound traffic have reopened (Exit 87/West Rifle and Exit 116/Glenwood Springs). Westbound traffic continues to be closed, with the closure point at Exit 133 (Dotsero). Crews are working to remove the mudslide debris from the westbound lanes. At this time, CDOT estimates westbound lanes will reopen mid- to late-evening tonight (Monday, June 28).

Photo credit: Heather Pugh, Eagle County Paramedic Services

6-28-2021, 3:25 p.m.
Cottonwood Pass Road cleared, reopened

Gypsum Fire Protection District – Crews recently cleared this crash on Cottonwood Pass Road, and it is reopened. Please drive safely!

6-28-2021, 3:18 p.m.
Independence Pass closed

CDOT – Highway 82 over Independence Pass closed due to disabled/blocking commercial motor vehicle.

6-28-2021, 1:52 p.m.
Eagle County Sheriff’s Office – Cottonwood Pass closed due to vehicle accident

Cottonwood Pass is temporarily CLOSED due to a motor vehicle accident. Please avoid the area until further notice as emergency service crews are en route and currently working to clear an accident and are blocking the road. Thank you for everyone’s patience!

Photo by Colorado Department of Transportation

6-28-21, 8:48 a.m.
CDOT- I-70 Glenwood Canyon remains CLOSED

CDOT crews worked through the night on debris flow clean up on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and made significant progress. It is anticipated that eastbound will reopen later this morning. Westbound still has a significant amount of debris and remains closed with no estimated time of reopening. Once eastbound is open, the closure points at Exit 87/West Rifle, Exit 109/Canyon Creek and Exit 116/Glenwood Springs will be lifted. Please take it slow as you drive through the canyon as dust will be present. All updates will continue to be posted to COtrip.org.

6-27-21, 5:30 pm
I-70 CLOSED between Exit 133 (Dotsero) and Exit 116 (CO 82, Glenwood Springs) due to another mudslide in the area.

Eastbound closure point is now Rifle (MP 87). Motorists are recommended to take the northern detour route on Highway 13 through Craig, then to Steamboat Springs and Highway 9 through Kremmling. The debris area is estimated to be larger than yesterday’s slide. Local traffic may pass through exit 109 to access Glenwood Springs area.

Crews are currently working to assess the scene, there is no estimated time of reopening. Check COtrip.org for updated closure and condition information.

Alternate route north of I-70

6-27-21, 4:46 pm
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 133 (Dotsero), due to a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar. Only local traffic is allowed east of exit 109.

Garco911

I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero, due to a land/mud slide.

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon fully reopened

I-70 open in Glenwood Canyon after mudslide

Colorado Department of Transportation

6-26-21, 10:25 pm
I-70 westbound, left lane, is open in Glenwood Canyon. Right lane closed at mile marker 120. Eastbound lanes opened earlier.

6-26-21, 7:45 pm
CDOT: I-70 EASTBOUND ONLY open at mile marker 109 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound still closed, with no estimated time to reopen.

6-26-21, 5:05 pm
I-70 Corridor – I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed in both directions for a debris flow that occurred around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Crews report the flow to be between 6 and 10 feet deep and 70 foot wide. No injuries or trapped vehicles have been reported.

This is an EXTENDED CLOSURE and motorists are encouraged to utilize the alternate route (Please see attached map). That route is CO 13 Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling down CO 9 to Silverthorne.

The closure points are EB mile point 87/West Rifle and WB Exit 133/Dotsero. Motorist traveling WB can access CO 82 Independence Pass as well. 

Please do not use travel applications to look for alternate routes.There are many auxiliary roads such as Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass and Eagle/Thomasville Road that are not passable and do not have cell service. Cottonwood Pass is restricted to local traffic only.

6-26-21, 2:58 pm
I-70 CLOSED between Exit 133 (Dotsero) and Exit 116 (CO 82, Glenwood Springs) due to a mudslide in the area. There is no estimated time of reopening, and motorists are asked to use alternate route on Highway 13 north or Highway 50 south. Closure is in both directions. Eastbound lanes are also closed at MP 109 and MP 87. Check COtrip.org for updated closure and condition information.

6-26-21, 3:25 pm
I-70 (Glenwood Canyon) closed due to mudslide – no estimated time of reopening.

Debris flow in Glenwood Canyon

Debris flow in Glenwood Canyon

GARFIELD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY

6-26-21, 3:09 pm

I-70 is closed at mile marker 133 to mile marker 116 westbound due to a land/mudslide. I-70 is closed at mile marker 109 to 133 eastbound lanes due to a land/mudslide.

I-70 open in Glenwood Canyon after mudslide

Inciweb: Oil Springs Fire grows to 12,707 acres; Douglas Pass reopened

Note: this fire is in Rio Blanco County north of western Garfield County, and Douglas Pass is closed in Garfield County.

Oil Springs Fire on Inciweb
Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office evacuation information

RIO BLANCO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

6-26-2021, 8:00 a.m.

Highway 139/Douglas Pass open in western Garfield County:  Firefighter personnel and vehicles are still actively using the highway to access the fire area in Rio Blanco County just north of Garfield County for the now 12,707 acre Oil Springs Fire. Some burn areas are along the highway. Reduced speed is advised.

BLM COLORADO FIRE

6-21-21, 11:49 a.m.

UPDATE on the Oil Springs Fire, 20 miles south of Rangely as of 10 a.m. June 21:

Oil Springs Fire Road Closures and Evacuation area still in effect as of 10:00am 6/21/2021.

Highway 139 remains closed due to the Oil Springs Fire. County Road 23 at the intersection with County Road 113 Remains closed and County Road 122 at Mile Marker 10 remains closed.

All evacuations from last night are still in place as well: County Road 116 (West of Highway 139), County Road 120, 27, 28, 103, 26A and 128.

RIO BLANCO SHERIFF’S OFFICE

6-21-21, 2 a.m.
Start Date: 06/18/2021
Location: 20 miles South of Rangely
Size: 5000 acres
Percent Contained: 0 %
Cause: Lightning
Fuel type: Juniper and pinyon

The fire had significant growth today, having multiple spot fires and crossing Highway 139. Firefighters are still witnessing active fire behaviour due to dry conditions, receptive fuels and wind. Multiple agencies have been called in to assist with structure protections through the night as winds are expected to continue with gusts up to 40 mph.

Smoke is visible from Highway 139, County Road 23 and County Road 113 intersection, County Road 122 at mile marker 10.

Evacuations in Rio Blanco County include County Road 116, County Road 27, County Road 28, County Road 120, County Road 26A, County Road 103 and County Road 128.

With the Red flag, high winds and low relative humidity, the fire is expected to be very active today.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN AREA COORDINATION CENTER of NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER

6-20-21 at 8:11 p.m. – Oil Springs Fire 45 miles NNW of Grand Junction is 5,000 acres. Great Basin IMT2 Team 3 has been ordered and began in-briefing Monday, June 21, at 8 a.m.

GARFIELD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY – Garco911

6-20-21 at 6:39 p.m. – Hwy 139 in Garfield County is closed between mile-markers 12 to 39 both directions, Douglas Pass, due to a wildland fire. Fire is putting off a lot of smoke.

Inciweb: Oil Springs Fire grows to 12,707 acres; Douglas Pass reopened

GCECA: Fire closes Douglas Pass

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

Hwy 139 is closed between mile-markers 12 to 39 both directions, Douglas Pass, due to a wildland fire. Fire is putting off a lot of smoke.

BLM: Small fires in Garfield County

The BLM reported a number of spot fires in western Garfield County yesterday. Federal maps show these north of Debeque in Garfield County, west of Rifle and one along the Hogback range north of Silt.

USFS: Sylvan Fire burning south of Eagle

Updates
Sylvan Fire in Eagle County on Inciweb
Sylvan Fire evacuation and community information

Pitkin County alert
6-21-21 9:00 a.m.
As of 6:30 a.m., the upper Frying Pan from the dam to Hagerman Pass is under pre-evacuation notice, due to the Sylvan Fire. An evacuation center is set up at the Basalt High School (600 Southside Drive). If you choose to evacuate and need resources, please go to the Basalt High School. More information is available at ecemo.org, or follow your local media and social media for updates.

White River National Forest: Sylvan Fire
June 20, 2021 8:59 p.m.

EAGLE, Colo. — Sixty firefighters, four single-engine air-tankers and a light helicopter worked the 180-acre Sylvan Fire 12 miles south of Eagle, Colo. today.

The fire is burning in timber on the White River National Forest about half a mile from Sylvan Lake State Park. Firefighters reported extreme fire behavior, as strong winds pushed the fire to the south and southeast.

The fire was reported about 3:15 p.m. today. The cause is currently unknown and under investigation.

Campers and others recreating in Sylvan Lake State Park and much of the surrounding lands have been evacuated. Much of the area in the vicinity of the fire has been closed, including Sylvan Lake State Park. Firefighters have taken steps to protect structures at the state park. Other infrastructure at risk includes a major power line in the burn area.

The latest information, including a map of the closure when it is available, is being posted at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/.  

White River National Forest: Sylvan Fire update June 20, 2021 6 p.m.

Federal and local firefighters are on-scene of the Sylvan Fire burning about ½-mile west of Sylvan Lake State Park in Eagle County. The fire is estimated at 90 acres and growing in lodgepole pine and other timber on the White River National Forest. It is being pushed by high winds and firefighters are reporting extreme fire behavior.

Additional ground crews and aerial resources have been ordered. Campers and others recreating in Sylvan Lake State Park and much of the surrounding lands have been evacuated. Crews are working on structure protection preparation work in Sylvan Lake State Park. There is a major transmission line in the fire area.

The cause is unknown. More information will be shared when it becomes available.  

CDPHE: Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke

Issued for Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Routt, and Eagle counties

Issued at 6:30 PM MDT, Sunday, June 20, 2021

Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Affected area:  Moffat, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Routt, and Eagle Counties. Locations include, but are not limited to Craig, Meeker, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Eagle, and Vail.

Advisory in effect:  6:30 PM MDT, Sunday, June 20, 2021 to 9:00 AM MDT, Monday, June 21, 2021.

Public health recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.  Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.  If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook:  Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed across the advisory area Saturday evening due to smoke transported from both in-state and out-of-state wildfires.  Smoke will likely linger overnight as the winds turn calm, particularly in valley locations. 

For the latest Smoke Outlook, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/addendum.aspx#smoke

For more information about smoke and your health, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/wildfire.aspx

For the latest Colorado statewide air quality conditions, forecasts, and advisories, visit:
http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colorado_summary.aspx

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GCECA: Fire closes Douglas Pass