Grizzly Creek Fire update

August 29, 2020
Incident Commander: Norm McDonald
Start Date: 08/10/2020      
Location: Glenwood Canyon 
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 32,448 acres 
Containment: 71%
Total Personnel: 644 

(EAGLE, Colo.) – The Alaska Incident Management Team met with local agency administrators on Friday to discuss long-term management strategies and objectives. The complete opening of Interstate 70 remains an ongoing priority, as well as restoring access to public lands and roads.  

Crews continue to strengthen control lines in the broken and rugged terrain of the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages. Additional crews are arriving today to improve the contingency lines in the northwest corner of the fire.  

A Colorado National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk gained situational awareness during a reconnaissance flight over the fire on Friday and was shown the helispots and areas where firefighters are working. They will be providing medevac coverage with hoist capabilities and flight medics. 

Containment reached 71% on Friday as firefighters worked 10 to 25 feet in from the edge of the fire, widening control lines and cold trailing the fire’s edge. Cold trailing is a method of working the fire’s edge by carefully inspecting and feeling for heat with the hand.  

A cold front is expected to blow in from the northeast this morning, bringing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall. Strong winds are predicted to persist into next week. 

Suppression repair is underway with the help of heavy equipment. Crews are chipping and dispersing vegetation that was piled during the construction of firelines.  

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Motorists should expect delays for utility work and firefighting operations, or in the event of debris flow due to rain. 

Road closures remain in effectfor Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flat Top Wilderness accessed by those roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov

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

Travelers should anticipate potential closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to flash floods

The National Weather Service has announced a Flash Flood Watch for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area in effect until 10 a.m.

COLORADO – Motorists should be prepared for a potential closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon due to heavy rainfall that could trigger flash floods, mudslides, rockfall or other hazards to travelers. Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area is expected up to and during the period of the Flash Flood Watch, which is in effect until 10 a.m. Motorists should take extra precaution before heading out onto I-70. 

ENCOUNTERING INCLEMENT WEATHER

If you are stuck in a closure waiting for a road to be cleared of mud or rocks, do not leave your car unless absolutely necessary. Never hang out in the grassy median located between lanes. If traffic is moving in the opposite direction, the median can be a hazardous area. Emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment may also need the median area to move about and access the emergency scene.

Lengthy closures on the interstate may also be the result of staged releases. As stopped traffic backs up, creating long lines, traffic will be let go in stages, allowing traffic queues ahead to clear, before releasing more traffic. 

BE PREPARED 

Highway closures can last for as little as a few minutes or for as long as several hours. When drivers set out on a trip, especially through high country roads or the I-70 mountain corridor, it would be wise to have the car supplied with an emergency kit. The kit should contain at the very minimum: water, snacks, flashlight, and a blanket. Remember to also carry water for your pets if you’re traveling with animals. You may even consider packing some items to keep you or children occupied while waiting in the car. Activity books, colored pencils or a deck of cards can help pass the time.   

DRIVER SAFETY 

When motorists drive up onto a flooded area, there are several precautions to follow.  

  • Never drive through any flooded area, you do not know how deep or how fast the water is running. 
  • Even 8-10 inches of water can float an average-sized car, which can be easily swept off the road. 
  • Driving too fast on wet roads or in flooded areas can cause a vehicle to hydroplane. Never use your cruise control during rainy conditions with standing water on the roadway.
  • Any amount of flooding or mud can obstruct the roadway and hinder drivers from knowing exactly where to drive. If you cannot see the roadway, be smart and wait for the water to subside. 
  • Water and mud can contain unknown hazards hidden under the surface – rocks or other debris, like plant material and tree branches.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

FIRE INFORMATION

Agencies are responding to the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. Updates and information can be found at: 

Travelers should anticipate potential closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to flash floods

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon travel alert

Motorists should be prepared for potential safety closures on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area until 10 a.m. The US National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado is forecasting heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. Travelers should identify an alternate route before hitting the road, in case safety closures are necessary.

If you are stuck in a closure waiting for a road to be cleared of mud or rocks, do not leave your car unless absolutely necessary. Never hang out in the grassy median located between lanes. If traffic is moving in the opposite direction, the median can be a hazardous area. Emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment may also need the median area to move about and access the emergency scene.

Lengthy closures on the interstate may also be the result of staged releases. As stopped traffic backs up, creating long lines, traffic will be let go in stages, allowing traffic queues ahead to clear, before releasing more traffic. #KnowBeforeYouGo

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon travel alert

CDOT: Plan for likely closures in Glenwood Canyon, heavy weekend traffic on I-70

I-70 MOUNTAIN CORRIDOR – Motorists should plan for heavy traffic on Interstate 70 this weekend and will encounter closures in Glenwood Canyon due to continuing repairs and weather impacts. Denver metro motorists heading into the mountains should expect variable conditions as well. A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the central mountains, including I-70 and much of the Western Slope. The forecast includes rain and the potential for heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday, which could cause mudslides, debris flow or rockfall onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Burn areas from the Grizzly Creek Fire have increased vulnerability for mudslides and rockfall. It is possible that any of those impacts could require a safety closure in the canyon. Ongoing repair work to power poles, by Xcel, will also likely require closures on Saturday in Glenwood Canyon.

I-70 reopened on Monday after an extended closure due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. In addition to likely closures, motorists in Glenwood Canyon should be prepared for reduced speeds and no stopping in the canyon. Rest areas and the bike path continue to be closed for public safety.

Highway closures can last for as little as a few minutes or for as long as several hours. When drivers set out on a trip, especially through high country roads or the I-70 mountain corridor, it would be wise to have the car supplied with an emergency kit. The kit should contain at the very minimum: water, snacks, flashlight, and a blanket. Remember to also carry water for your pets if you’re traveling with animals. You may even consider packing some items to keep you or children occupied while waiting in the car. Activity books, colored pencils or a deck of cards can help pass the time.   

I-70 ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

CDOT recommends that travelers plan for alternative routes to I-70 when there is heavy rain in the forecast, in order to be prepared for a closure. Expect delays when using detour routes and possible construction impacts on US and state highways. Recommended alternative routes will help travelers arrive at their final destination (see below). CDOT urges motorists to avoid relying on navigation apps that may take motorists on forest roads and over mountain passes. 

  • Through traffic: CDOT recommends a southern detour route, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes. Drivers should anticipate additional traffic on these routes. CDOT has paused some construction projects in order to accommodate detour traffic. CDOT discourages travelers from using highways north of I-70 as a through route, due to construction zones (even if projects are paused during the closure).
  • WESTBOUND I-70: Denver metro area motorists can travel on US 285 to US 50, and continue west to Grand Junction. Travelers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or use CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50.
  •  EASTBOUND I-70 : Motorists traveling from Grand Junction can use US 50 east to US 285 and continue to Denver. Eastbound travelers on US 50/285 may also use US 24, CO 91or CO 9 for destinations at or near Vail, Copper Mountain or Silverthorne. 
  • Independence Pass: CO 82 between Aspen and US 24 is open with limited access and alternating traffic, controlled by flagging personnel. Motorists are advised that only passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and vans are allowed. No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles are allowed. A 35-foot length restriction is in place. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours if traveling over Independence Pass. Campers and recreational vehicles are strongly advised to seek alternate southern routes. 
  • CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass, or other county or forest service roads in Eagle and Garfield counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. 
CDOT: Plan for likely closures in Glenwood Canyon, heavy weekend traffic on I-70

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire 68 percent contained

Grizzly Creek Fire
Fire Size: 32,408 acres
Containment: 68%
Start date: 08/10/2020                                 
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation                           
Total Personnel:663

8.28.20, 8:54 a.m. – Helicopters used water drops to support firefighters working on uncontained portions of the perimeter on Thursday. Firefighters are focusing their efforts on the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages on the northwest edge of the fire, as well as the southern perimeter near Green Lake, which remain the two biggest challenges for fire managers.

Containment increased to 68% as crews patrolled and improved control line around the perimeter. Firefighters worked lines with hand tools, dozers and excavators.

Fire behavior continues to moderate with cooler temperatures and lower relative humidity, which are expected to continue into this weekend. Possible precipitation this weekend could aid in meeting suppression objectives but brings with it increased risk of flooding and debris flow, a major concern for fire managers.

As containment increases, attention turns to repairing impacts on the landscape and communities caused by the fire. Suppression repair has begun on Coffee Pot Road, north of Interstate 70, to minimize the impact of firefighting activities. This includes rehabilitation of dozer and handlines, as well as restoring access to areas that have been closed due to the fire.

“We’re focusing on the economic and social impacts the fire has had and trying to help this community get back to normal life,” said Incident Commander Norm McDonald.

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Motorists should expect periodic delays for power line and utility repair and firefighting operations.

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.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov.

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

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire 68 percent contained

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 32,304 acres, community meeting tonight

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Fire size: 32,304 acres
Start date: 08/10/2020
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Containment: 61%
Total personnel: 724

Special note: There is a Facebook Live community meeting tonight, Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska Incident Management Team, local officials and cooperating agencies.

Current situation: It was a tense day at the command center Tuesday after the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued an afternoon flash flood watch for heavy rains over the burn area. Though the west end of the fire did receive some light precipitation, the heavy rains never developed. However, the situation highlighted concerns about the potential for flooding and debris flow in the Glenwood Canyon due to the fire.

Meanwhile, fire managers on the Alaska Incident Management Team continued to gather awareness and explore opportunities for ways to increase containment on the fire from the present estimated 61%. The team also began developing a repair plan for sections of the fire where suppression actions impacted the landscape.

Helicopters used water drops to cool hot spots in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages on the northwest edge of the fire so that firefighters could access and reconnaissance the area for opportunities to take direct action on what has been one of the fire’s remaining problem areas. Crews also worked on securing uncontained line to the east of that area taking direct action where conditions allowed.

Fire behavior was tame over most of the fire area but there are still visible smokes popping up in the interior when the fire finds receptive fuels in the form of unburned islands, specifically in the Cinnamon Creek and Devil’s Hole Creek drainages north of Green Lake. Fire managers scouted that area to determine where they might be able to put boots on the ground to secure uncontained lines.

Elsewhere, firefighters mopped up after a successful, multi-day firing operation on Spruce Ridge above Bair Ranch and continued to monitor, patrol and mop up other areas to increase the width of containment lines.

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic but motorists should expect periodic delays due to possible firefighting activity or other work related to powerline and road repairs or flash floods.

Road closures: Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are closed, as are many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org.

Flight restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov/.

Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov
Incident: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/ 

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 32,304 acres, community meeting tonight

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate

Expect ‘good’ air quality today throughout Garfield County with the possibility of ‘moderate’ at times. View Smoke outlooks related to wildfire activity below:

Grizzly Creek Fire
Pine Gulch Fire

Where to watch for information
Grizzly Creek Fire Page
Pine Gulch Fire Smoke Page
Garfield County Air Monitoring Web page.
State Air Quality Health Advisory page.
Low-cost, community-based PurpleAir sensors along the I-70 corridor.

About PurpleAir:
Low-cost sensors, such as PurpleAir, can be used as an indicator of elevated levels of particulates in the air and help by adding data coverage in areas where there are not permanent regulatory monitors.

Public Health advises setting the default to a “one day average” rather than “10-minute average” because being exposed to moderate to heavy smoke for a short term period may not have the same health impacts as being exposed for a full 24-hours. 

It is important to understand that these low-cost sensors are not considered accurate enough to be used in regulatory action. These sensors are not a reference method nor approved by EPA for compliance with federal air quality standards.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
26 de agosto, 2020

La Calidad del Aire en el Condado de Garfield ha Mejorado:  Entre Bueno y Moderado

Espere “buena” calidad de aire hoy en todo el Condado de Garfield con la posibilidad de una calidad “moderada” a veces

Vea pronósticos sobre el humo relacionados con la actividad de incendios forestales a continuación:

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Incendio Grizzly Creek Página con Información sobre Humo
Incendio Pine Gulch  Página con Información sobre Humo
Página Web de Monitoreo de Aire del Condado Garfield
Página Estatal de Avisos de Salud Sobre la Calidad del Aire
Sensores PurpleAir comunitarios a lo largo del interestatal 70

Sobre PurpleAir:
Los sensores de bajo costo, como PurpleAir, se pueden usar como indicadores de niveles elevados de partículas en el aire y ayudan a agregar cobertura de datos en áreas donde no hay monitores permanentes.

Salud Pública sugiere establecer el valor predeterminado en un “promedio de un día” en lugar de un “promedio de 10 minutos” porque estar expuesto a humo moderado a denso durante un período corto puede no tener los mismos impactos en la salud que estar expuesto durante 24 horas completas.

Es importante comprender que estos sensores de bajo costo no se consideran lo suficientemente precisos para ser utilizados en acciones regulatorias. Estos sensores no son un método de referencia ni están aprobados por la EPA para cumplir con los estándares federales de calidad del aire.

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 61 percent containment

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Size:
32,060 acres
Containment: 61 percent
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Start date: Aug. 10
Cause: under investigation
Total personnel: 806

Community meeting: A Facebook Live community meeting is being held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, in Glenwood Springs at the Garfield County Administration Building.

EAGLE, Colorado – Following a transfer of command from the Great Basin Team 1, the Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team took charge of the fire at 6 a.m. today. Alaska Incident Commander Norm McDonald lauded the outgoing team for a smooth handoff. The Alaska Team’s intent is to “build on their success and continue to adhere to the COVID protocols that have been put in place.”

Tuesday was another successful day on the fireline, as containment increased to 61%. Containment lines continued to hold, despite strong outflow winds that swept across the fire east to west early Tuesday evening due to passing thunderstorms. Similar weather conditions are expected over the fire today.

Firefighters wrapped up a successful, multi-day firing operation on Spruce Ridge above Bair Ranch, burning out an internal bowl of unburned fuel that will connect containment lines. Firefighters will be patrolling and mopping up the firing operation over the next few days to ensure there are no spot fires across the line.

Fire activity was minimal elsewhere on the fire Tuesday. Interior smokes popped up in the usual places, such as the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages, and will continue to do so until significant rainfall. Personnel hiked into Hanging Lake National Natural Landmark to identify hazard trees that need to be removed and reported no smokes in the area

Assisted by operations personnel from the Great Basin Team 1, fire managers with the Alaska Team have spent the last two days scouting the fire to get oriented and build on established objectives. Firefighters will continue patrolling and reinforcing containment lines while looking for opportunities to improve contingency lines to the north and south if the fire becomes more active in those areas.
Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic but motorists should expect periodic delays due to possible firefighting activity or other work related powerline and road repairs

Road closures: Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are closed, as are many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org.

Flight restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov/.

Fire information:
Fire information/media line:
(970) 930-1850
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov
Incident: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6758
BLM Alaska Fire Service Facebook: www.facebook.com/BLMAFS
Twitter: @fire_grizzly

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AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire al 61 por ciento de contención

Actualization diaria – 26 de agosto, 2020
Contención:
61%
Acres (13,072 hectáreas)
total de personal: 806

Reunión comunitaria: Este jueves a las 6 p.m. se llevará a cabo una reunión comunitaria en vivo por Facebook en Glenwood Springs en el edificio administrativo del condado de Garfield.

Después un traspaso de mando del equipo 1 de Great Basin, el equipo de gestión de incidentes de tipo 1 Alaska se hizo cargo del incendio a las 6 de la mañana de hoy. El comandante de gestión de incidentes de este equipo, Norm McDonald, elogió al equipo saliente por un traspaso sin problemas. La intención del equipo Alaska es “basarse en el éxito del otro equipo y seguir adhiriéndose a los protocolos que se han puesto en marcha referentes al COVID.”

El martes fue otro día exitoso en la línea cortafuego, ya que la contención aumentó al 61%. Las líneas de contención siguieron aguantando, a pesar de los fuertes vientos de salida que arrastraron el fuego de este a oeste en las primeras horas de la tarde del martes debido a las tormentas que pasaban. Hoy se esperan condiciones climáticas similares para el combate del incendio.

Los bomberos concluyeron una exitosa operación de quema de varios días en Spruce Ridge sobre Bair Ranch, quemando un depósito interno de combustible sin quemar que conectará las líneas de contención. Los bomberos patrullarán y limpiarán la operación de quema en los próximos días para asegurarse de que no haya fuegos secundarios en la línea.
El martes, la actividad de los incendios fue mínima en otros lugares del incendio forestal. El humo interior apareció en los lugares habituales, como los desagües de No Name y Grizzly Creek, y continuará haciéndolo hasta que caiga una lluvia significativa. El personal caminó hasta el Hanging Lake, considerado un lugar natural nacional, para identificar los árboles peligrosos que deben ser removidos y reportaron que no hay humo en el área.

Con la ayuda del personal de operaciones del equipo de Great Basin 1, los jefes de bomberos del equipo de Alaska han pasado los dos últimos días explorando el incendio para orientarse y seguir trabajando con los objetivos establecidos. Los bomberos continuarán patrullando y reforzando las líneas de contención mientras buscan oportunidades para mejorar las líneas de contingencia al norte y al sur si el fuego se vuelve más activo en esas áreas.

La Interestatal 70 sigue abierta al tráfico en ambos sentidos, pero los automovilistas deben esperar retrasos periódicos debido a la posible actividad de extinción de incendios u otras reparaciones de las líneas eléctricas y las carreteras.

Cierre de caminos: Están cerrados los caminos Coffee Pot Road y Transfer Trail, y las zonas de Flattops a las que se accede por esas rutas, así como también muchos caminos del bosque nacional White River y BLM. Para más información sobre el cierre de caminos, visite: www.cotrip.org.

Restricciones de vuelos: Se ha establecido una Restricción Temporal de Vuelo (TFR, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre el incendio forestal para proporcionar un entorno operativo seguro para los aviones de extinción de incendios. Visite el sitio https://tfr.faa.gov/.

Información sobre el incendio y línea de medios: (970) 930-1850
Correo electrónico: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 61 percent containment

National Forest Foundation fund established to help White River National Forest restoration efforts

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Forest Foundation (NFF) announced that the public can donate to the White River National Forest Restoration Fund to support critical restoration work on the forest including areas recently burned by the Grizzly Creek Fire. NFF is the agency’s congressionally designated partner that can solicit funds on behalf of the Forest Service.

The Grizzly Creek Fire, which began on August 10, 2020 and has since grown to over 30,000 acres, has changed the landscape of the White River National Forest and severely impacted parts of one of Colorado’s beloved natural sites, Glenwood Canyon. A geologic wonder of the American West, the canyon is a vital transportation corridor and provides essential economic, cultural, recreational and scenic values to millions of users.

Restoration of the canyon and adjacent areas impacted by the fire is critical to local communities who steward these lands, as well as the small businesses and industries that rely on tourism, recreation and healthy landscapes.

Donated funds will be available to the White River National Forest and its partners to implement a variety of projects to help restore the landscape as well as repair important infrastructure for public access. The White River National Forest expects restoration work to begin in 2021 after the fire is out and restoration needs are identified.

More information can be found on the White River National Forest Restoration Fund webpage at: https://support.nationalforests.org/campaign/grizzly-creek-fire/c296831

National Forest Foundation fund established to help White River National Forest restoration efforts

Smoke outlook for Garfield County and air updates for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires

Smoke outlook pages for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires

The Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek Fires have created smoke outlook pages that will be updated throughout the incident.

Air advisory:  An air quality health advisory is not currently in effect for Garfield County. 

Outlook: Air quality is expected to range from moderate to good throughout the day in most areas. Continue to check the resource pages below for updated air quality information and smoke outlooks.

Public Health Recommendations: If conditions change and smoke 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.

EPA Site on Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Where to watch for information:
Grizzly Creek Fire Page
Pine Gulch Fire Smoke Page
Garfield County Air Monitoring Web page.
State Air Quality Health Advisory page.
Low-cost, community-based PurpleAir sensors along the I-70 corridor.

About PurpleAir:
Low-cost sensors, such as PurpleAir, can be used as an indicator of elevated levels of particulates in the air and help by adding data coverage in areas where there are not permanent regulatory monitors.

Public Health advises setting the default to a “one day average” rather than “10-minute average” because being exposed to moderate to heavy smoke for a short term period may not have the same health impacts as being exposed for a full 24-hours. 

It is important to understand that these low-cost sensors are not considered accurate enough to be used in regulatory action. These sensors are not a reference method nor approved by EPA for compliance with federal air quality standards.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
25 de agosto, 2020

Pronóstico Sobre El Humo del Condado Garfield y Actualizaciones sobre la Calidad del Aire por los Incendios Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek

Páginas informativas sobre el humo relacionado con los incendios Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek

Debido a los incendios de Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek se han creado páginas para el monitoreo de humo que se actualizarán durante los incidentes.

Aviso sobre la Calidad de Aire:  No hay actualmente aviso sobre la calidad de aire para el Condado de Garfield.

Pronóstico:   Se espera que la calidad del aire varíe de moderada a buena durante el día en la mayoría de las áreas. Continúe revisando las páginas informativas a continuación para obtener información actualizada sobre la calidad del aire y pronóstico sobre el humo.

Recomendaciones de Salud Pública: Si las condiciones cambian y el humo se vuelve denso en su vecindario, permanezca adentro. Esto es especialmente para personas con enfermedades cardiacas, respiratorias, los muy jóvenes y personas de la tercera edad.  Considere limitar actividades al aire libre cuando hay humo moderado a denso.  Considere la posibilidad de mudarse temporalmente si hay humo en el interior de su hogar y lo está enfermando.  Si la visibilidad es de menos de 5 millas por el humo en su vecindario, indica que el humo ha alcanzado niveles que no son saludables.

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*Nuevo* Sitio del Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en Inglés) sobre Incendios Forestales y La Calidad de Aire Interior (IAQ, por sus siglas en Inglés) 

Incendio Grizzly Creek Página con Información sobre Humo
Incendio Pine Gulch  Página con Información sobre Humo
Página Web de Monitoreo de Aire del Condado Garfield
Página Estatal de Avisos de Salud Sobre la Calidad del Aire
Sensores PurpleAir comunitarios a lo largo del interestatal 70

Sobre PurpleAir:
Los sensores de bajo costo, como PurpleAir, se pueden usar como indicadores de niveles elevados de partículas en el aire y ayudan a agregar cobertura de datos en áreas donde no hay monitores permanentes.

Salud Pública sugiere establecer el valor predeterminado en un “promedio de un día” en lugar de un “promedio de 10 minutos” porque estar expuesto a humo moderado a denso durante un período corto puede no tener los mismos impactos en la salud que estar expuesto durante 24 horas completas.

Es importante comprender que estos sensores de bajo costo no se consideran lo suficientemente precisos para ser utilizados en acciones regulatorias. Estos sensores no son un método de referencia ni están aprobados por la EPA para cumplir con los estándares federales de calidad del aire.

Smoke outlook for Garfield County and air updates for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires