GCSO: Most pre-evacuation orders lifted in the Grizzly Creek Fire area

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Effective at noon today and in collaboration with the Incident Command Team (Alaska Team Incident Management) the evacuation and pre-evacuation orders on the Grizzly Creek Fire have been lifted for all of Lookout Mountain, Spring Valley Ranch, High Aspen, Homestead Estates, Coulter Meadows, Bair Ranch and Crystal River Ranch residents.

Pre-evacuation orders are still in place for the residents of No Name, due primarily to weather concerns for a potential debris flow and associated flooding that might occur.

All road closures have been lifted except for the Coffee Pot Springs Road. This is an area closure by the Forest Service and applies to all motorized vehicles including motorcycles and dirt bikes as well as pedestrians. Any one not associated with the Incident Management Team or who is not a first responder found in this area, will be subject to appropriate fines and immediate removal.

This is still an active fire with only 75% containment. There are 589 people being directed by the Incident Management Team to combat this fire. This requires not only a large number of ground personnel, but also the movement of equipment into and out of the area.

Everyone is asked to respect this area closure for the safety of themselves and the men and women combating the Grizzly Creek Fire.

GCSO: Most pre-evacuation orders lifted in the Grizzly Creek Fire area

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 75%
Total Personnel: 589

(EAGLE, Colo.) – Strong afternoon wind gusts swept over the Grizzly Creek Fire area for the second day in a row and once again control lines held. Despite wind gusts measured at more than 40 mph over parts of the fire, there was no increase in acreage while containment bumped up to an estimated 75%.

The strongest winds were between 8,000 – 11,000 feet, according to Incident Meteorologist Nathan Heinert. Winds at lower elevations and in valleys weren’t quite as strong. “A lot of the fire was protected, which is a good thing,” he said.

That containment lines rose to the challenge two days in a row validates all the hard work and long hours that hundreds of firefighters have put in the past 3 ½ weeks. Sixty of the approximately 80 miles of fire perimeter are now contained.

Mother Nature provided a helping hand Monday night with a steady rain that dropped two-tenths of an inch of rain over most of the fire area. Fortunately, the rain wasn’t heavy enough to prompt any concerns about runoff or flash floods, said Heinert.

Operational focus on Monday remained on uncontained line in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages. Three hotshot crews succeeded in connecting two pieces of hand line along the southwest of rim of Grizzly Creek and fire managers are hoping to connect that line to No Name Creek today to secure that edge of the fire.

An unmanned aerial system (aka drone) was used to inspect the two drainages on Monday. “They looked really good,” Alaska IMT Operations Section Chief Karen Scholl said. “They weren’t showing much heat at all.”

Suppression repair continues to ramp up and fire managers are hoping to add more heavy equipment to the lineup. There are currently six dozers, six excavators and two chippers working to rehab lines in the areas of Coffee Pot Road, Bair Ranch, Red Canyon and No Name.

The Forest Service announced the fire was human caused at a Facebook Live community meeting held in Eagle on Monday. The investigation into the specific cause will continue.

Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for firefighting operations and possible flash floods in the event of heavy rain. Go to cotrip.org for information on interstate closures.

Road/trail closures remain in effect for Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops Wilderness accessed by those roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. For maps and closure info, go to White River NF closure area or BLM closure order and closure map.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for details.

Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/ ? https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO ? @fire_grizzly

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire update

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander
Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 139,007 acres
Containment: 79%
Total Personnel: 686
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 34 engines, 11 bulldozers, 20 water tenders, 3 masticators 6 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Virtual Public Meeting TomorrowFire personnel will hold a virtual public meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm via Facebook and Zoom. Information on how to join will be in tomorrow’s update.   

Current Situation: The focus of operations for the Pine Gulch Fire is now assessing, prioritizing, and repairing damage from fire suppression activities that were needed to contain the fire.  These repairs will return the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible. Today’s map reflects work needed to be done in redPlease note that red on the suppression repair map does not mean unsecured fire lines. Priority areas for this work include areas needed for access by oil and gas companies and hunters. The speed of work will depend on how accessible areas are for bringing in heavy equipment. Areas where the equipment must be walked in will take the longest to complete. Good progress was made for suppression repair on the east side of the fire yesterday. Work will continue on the east side today and will begin northwest of the fire, working from Road 256 south. Fire personnel will continue to contact private landowners over the next few days to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties. Although suppression repair is underway, infrared flights show hot spots still exist on the interior of the fire and in some areas near firelines. In light of today’s red flag warning, firefighters will monitor areas where fires may flare up and are ready to respond to fire spread if necessary. 

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: There is a Red Flag Warning for dry and windy conditions today. Ridge winds will gust to more than 30 mph and relative humidity will be in the lower teens. Winds will shift direction throughout the day. Gusts will begin after noon and last through the evening ahead of a cold front. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, more likely after 6:00 pm. Lighting, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible overnight, which can lead to flash-flooding and debris flows. Winds at the top of the East Salt Creek drainage will gust stronger than other ridgetops due to channeling effects of southwest winds. High temperatures today will be in the upper 80’s at lower elevations and the low 80’s at higher elevations.  

Despite the red flag warning, fire activity is expected to be minimal, with continued creeping and smoldering, but new ignitions have potential for rapid fire spread in continuous dry grass and shrubs. 

Evacuations and Pre-Evacuations: Evacuations and pre-evacuations are changing in Garfield County as fire activity decreases. Please go to: www.garfield-county.com and scroll down to the “evacuations” tab for the most recent updates. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformationClosures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The 21 Road north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. Some BLM lands in the fire area are still closed. Please see: www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire 

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Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.  

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire Update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 73%
Total Personnel: 626

Facebook Live Community Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Tune in to htps://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for
updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska Incident Management Team, local officials and cooperating agencies.


(EAGLE, Colo.) – A passing storm that quickly generated wind gusts of 40 mph heightened concern on the fireline
Sunday. Crews were pulled off the line at 2 p.m. due to the sudden turn in the weather.
The hour-long wind event, which threatened to topple fire-weakened trees and was accompanied by lightning, created a
dicey situation for firefighters. Fortunately, no incidents or injuries were reported and firefighters were able to return to
the line about an hour later after the storm passed.
Containment lines held strong, with acreage (32,464 acres) and containment (73%) holding steady. Lines will be
challenged again today as another weather system moves in, bringing with it “near critical fire weather conditions,”
according to Incident Meteorologist Nathan Heinert. Another round of 40 mph wind gusts are forecast, with relative
humidities dropping into the teens, producing drier conditions that could produce flare ups.
“If we get any spottng or flare ups, we’ll have personnel in the appropriate places to take action,” said Operations
Planning Section Chief Karen Scholl with the Alaska Incident Management Team. “We have safety zones for firefighters
identified if we need them.”
Fire managers employed a familiar strategy on Sunday, focusing efforts on an uncontained edge on the fire’s northwest
corner in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages, about 10 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs. Three hotshot crews
are working to connect two sections of open line – one working north along No Name Creek and the other two working
back toward them from Grizzly Creek. Elsewhere around the fire, crews continued to seek and destroy hot spots. Crews
are also still trying to secure a rugged, twisty stretch of uncontained line on the south side of the fire near Green Lake.
Crews have secured approximately 60 of the 80 miles of containment line and mop-up operations are ongoing.
Crews, assisted by a growing fleet of heavy equipment, continue rehabilitating lines along Coffee Pot Road north of
Interstate 70. Crews began pulling excess equipment from contained areas to the north and south.
Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for power line and utility repair, firefighting operations and flash
floods in the event of heavy rain.
Road closures remain in effect for Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those
roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org for info.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov.
Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850 Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Grizzly Creek Fire Update

GCSO: Evacuation orders change to pre-evacuation orders for many residents

Garfield County – Effective today evacuation orders for residents in High Aspen, Spring Valley Ranch, Homestead Ranch, Colter Meadows and the Lookout Mountain area southwest of the Grizzly Creek Fire, have been changed from an evacuation status to a pre-evacuation status.

Area road closures remain in effect with access for residents and fire traffic only. Fire crews and trucks will be moving in and out of the area on a regular basis.

Residents are advised to slow down, use caution and limit travels as much as possible. This allows firefighters to do their work as efficiently and safely as possible.

Residents can also expect the smoke to continue, heavy at times, for the next several days.

In a pre-evacuation state, residents should be prepared to address the following items:

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal Computers (information on hard drive and removable memory)
  • Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

Today’s update puts the fire containment at 33% as seen by the black perimeter lines on the attached map.

Travelers in and around the area as well as residents are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and changing conditions at all times.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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GCSO: Evacuation orders change to pre-evacuation orders for many residents

Pine Gulch Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 133,783 acres
Containment: 44%
Total Personnel: 907
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special Notes: There will be a Virtual Community Meeting TONIGHT, August 24, at 6 p.m. Go to www.facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO/live or use Zoom Meeting ID: 967 6212 6444 Password: 8675309

Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 44% contained. After several days of being tested by winds, the fire edge on the east has not moved. Nearly the entire eastern perimeter and part of the north is now considered
contained, as is a portion on the south/southwest. Primary operational focus is now on Divisions D/E/F and at the Division B/A break.

Fire behavior is expected to be moderate today; however, passing storm cells have the potential for erratic winds, and this could increase fire behavior and cause growth in the north, west, and south.

Fire remained active overnight in Division E where it is backing and flanking down drainages. Dozers worked overnight on the 266 and 265A roads, while crews continued securing and mopping up areas along the 266 Road and Hwy 139 where they had performed successful burning operations on previous nights. There is a horseshoe shaped area between the 256 Road and the 266/267 Road that remains a priority. Outflow winds could push fire north in this area. Direct attack is not an option; the area is steep, rugged, and rocky and not safe for firefighters. Firefighters are
working on alternative options here including indirect control line, dozer line, and the possibility of burning operations to bring the fire to a more manageable and accessible area. Weather allowing, aircraft will fly in this area today and help check the fire’s edge. Firefighters and heavy equipment are still strengthening secondary control lines to the north in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators will complete their work on the 207 and 209 Roads in Division L today, and they will relocate to continue work on roads in Division F. Structure protection crews will assess structures in Divisions F and G.

Firefighters continue monitoring fire behavior at the Divisions B/A break. Fire here remains inside containment lines but is actively burning the available fuels. As in Division E, storm cells remain the concern. Fire managers will keep scouting for further indirect options to help prevent southerly spread.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thunderstorms are forecasted today starting after 2 p.m. with a higher likelihood of moving directly over the fire than on past days. Gusty winds and lightning are the main concern; rainfall is not
predicted. Storm outflow gusts could be up to 25 mph. Temperatures should be slightly cooler today in the high 80s to low 90s and then start to decrease through the week. Relative humidity will be 11-13%. Winds will be west
to northwest, 7-9 mph with gusts to 14. By the end of the week, chances of rain will increase to 20%, and winds will become south/southwest

Evacuations: Garfield County: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). A pre-evacuation order is in effect for all residents of Garfield County west of CO-139 to the Utah border, and any formerly evacuated residents remain in pre-evacuation.

For more information: www.garfieldcounty.net. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation.

Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The V 2/10 Rd. at the 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. just past the Cameo Shooting Range. The 21 Road
north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass north of Loma from mile marker 6 to mile marker 39. BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and
Palisade. Please see: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Air Quality: Air Quality Health Advisories may be issued in areas near the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires. A smoke outlook for the Pine Gulch Fire is available where this update is posted and at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

For more information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Interactive Fire Map: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Fire Situation:
Grizzly Creek Fire – 30,719 acres

Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 33%
Resources:
Hand Crews: 15
Helicopters: 7
Engines: 40
Water Tenders: 13
Dozers 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 804

Yesterday’s Activity: Fire behavior increased yesterday due to hot and dry
weather conditions over the fire area. Unburned islands continued to burn and smolder. Fire did make a push onto the plateau on the northwest side of the fire and air resources dropped retardant. Fire was active in the morning in near Bair Ranch and crews conducted burnout operations to secure containment.
Engines, heavy equipment, air resources and fire crews were utilized to achieve containment objectives on the west, south and east flanks of the fire. Existing control lines around the fire perimeter continued to hold. Firefighters began mop up operations in some portions of the fire.

Today’s Activity: Increased fire behavior is expected again today. Burnout
operations are planned today in the Bair Ranch area and to the south. In addition to mop up operations, the BAER team will continue their assessment of the fire’s impact on natural resources. This assessment usually begins before a fire is contained and involves a series of immediate post-fire actions to be taken to repair damages, minimize soil erosion and mitigate impacts from fire suppression activities.
This morning at 6:00am CDOT reopened the I-70 corridor for through traffic
from Gypsum to Glenwood Springs. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while driving in this corridor because fire crews are still using the road to access the fire.
Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/.

Evacuations: Please go to Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.ecemergency.org, as well as on official Facebook accounts.

Road Closures: Coffee Pot Road, and Transfer Trail roads and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are also closed, as well as many
surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. For more information regarding road closures: www.cotrip.org

Area Closures: BLM recreation sites and boat ramps on the southern portion of the Colorado River Road (RD 301) near Dotsero, Colorado. Specifically, Cottonwood Landing boat ramp, Lyons campground and boat ramp, and Dotsero boat ramp.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions. https://colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-restriction-information

A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

For more information:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire Information Line: (970) 930-1850
Media Line: (970) 930-1089
Office Hours: 7am-10pm
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Grizzly Creek Fire update

GCSO: No Name evacuation lifted and residents returned home

The No Name Evacuation was lifted at 4:00 p.m. yesterday, Sunday, August 23, 2020. Residents were notified and allowed to start returning home. Smoke from the fire is still visible, but is propagating from the higher areas above the canyon rim.

With the fire season in full swing, and two very active fires in Garfield County, the Pine Gulch Fire and the Grizzly Creek Fire, this is not the time to be complacent and think it is behind us. As of yesterday’s report, the Pine Gulch fire was only at 19% containment and the Grizzly Creek Fire was at 30% containment. Containment on both fires has increased significantly in the past 24 hours and will be in today’s report.

Whether you have been under a pre-evacuation order, an evacuation order or simply in close proximity to the fire, you can prepare yourself, your family and household by constructing an evacuation plan and following the six P’s posted by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on their site yesterday.

The Six P’s are:

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal Computers (information on hard drive and removable memory)
  • Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

Now you are ready if the fire direction changes and you are suddenly put into a pre-evacuation mode or an evacuation mode. Be prepared and stay cognoscente of your surroundings and any changes in the weather.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would once again 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.

GCSO: No Name evacuation lifted and residents returned home

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Sweetwater residents

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%.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office releases pre-evacuations

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.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Sweetwater residents