Red Canyon Wildfire #redcanyonfire

Carbondale, CO – A report of a wildfire sent crews from Glenwood Springs Fire Department and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District to the Spring Valley area this afternoon.

 

A three-acre fire was found burning in the pinion & juniper near Crystal Light subdivision. The fire spread and a pre-evacuation alert was sent to residents in that area. The wind driven fire spread, consuming approximately 150 acres by 7:30 p.m.

 

No structures have been lost and no injuries are reported. A Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) dropped two loads of slurry on the fire before dark.

 

The fire is 0% contained as of 7:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs Fire Department will have crews patrolling the area overnight. Smoke from the fire is visible from Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

 

County Road 115 is currently closed at Highway 82 and also at the intersection of County Road 115 & 119.

 

Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Rifle Interagency, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and Garfield County Road and Bridge also responded to this fire.

 

Updates on the fire can be found on Facebook at Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Twitter @Carbondalefire or by searching #redcanyonfire as they become available.

 

For more information regarding this incident, please contact Garfield County Community Relations Deputy Walt Stowe at 970-309-9697 or wstowe@garcosheriff.com or Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach at 970-963-2491 or leach@carbondalefire.org.

 

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be lifted Wednesday

July 29, 2013

Contact: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 876-9008
    Walt Stowe, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 970 665-0207

Fire restrictions to be lifted Wednesday for Garfield County
and BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office

SILT, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective Wednesday, July 31, for private lands within Garfield County and Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. The BLM Grand Junction Field Office and Mesa County are also lifting fire restrictions effective Wednesday. 

In addition to private lands in Garfield and Mesa counties, all BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties will be out of fire restrictions on Wednesday. Fire conditions vary by elevation and area, and the White River National Forest, Eagle County and Pitkin County did not enact stage 1 fire restrictions this year. Routt County lifted their restrictions last week.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Recent moisture in much of northwestern Colorado has significantly lowered the fire danger, but land managers still urge the public to remain vigilant with fire.

“Lower fire danger does not mean no fire danger,” said Steve Bennett, field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office.

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/ or call the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000. Additional information for fire restrictions throughout the state is available at: http://www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.
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Fire restrictions continue for BLM and unincorporated Garfield County

July 24, 2013

Contact: Chris Joyner, Public Information Officer, 970 210-2126

Fire restrictions remain in effect for many BLM areas

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions on all lands managed by the BLM Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley Field Offices still remain in effect.

Many areas of the state have received significant rainfall allowing those areas to remove fire restrictions. The recent rains locally are not significant enough for Fire Managers to remove current restrictions. Conditions are monitored daily and the decision to remain in restrictions is evaluated weekly.

“Recent rains have helped, but fire potential remains high,” said Fire Management Specialist Lathan Johnson. Johnson notes that fire danger climbed back up in recent days. “We need people to remain vigilant until fuel moisture improve and we can get out of fire restrictions.”

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Monsoonal flows have allowed some relief in fire danger but high risk remains in elevations below 8,000 feet.

The BLM continues to enforce temporary restrictions of:

campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfires rings are not acceptable)
no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
no use of explosive materials
no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order
Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

The BLM Grand Junction and Colorado River Valley Field Offices along with Garfield and Mesa Counties remain in restriction.

Restrictions on these BLM lands will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/ or call the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000 or the Grand Junction Field Office at (970) 244-3000.

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Fire Restrictions are in effect

June 26, 2013

Contact: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 876-9008
Walt Stowe, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, 970 665-0207

Fire restrictions begin June 27 for Garfield County
and BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Stage 1 fire restrictions on private lands within Garfield County and on Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office begin June 27.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Several weeks of hot, dry weather has increased fire danger to high levels at elevations below 8,000 feet.

These restrictions include BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office, along with private lands in Garfield County.

BLM and Garfield County will be enforcing temporary restrictions of:
• campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed campgrounds (i.e. a metal, in-ground containment structure — fire pans and rock campfire rings are not acceptable)
• no fires of any type including charcoal outside of developed areas
• no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren area free of vegetation
• no use of explosive materials
• no welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame except from an area that has been cleared of vegetation
• no operation of any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed and in working order

Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.

The BLM Grand Junction Field Office and Mesa County are also initiating restrictions June 27.

Based on local conditions, the White River National Forest is not initiating fire restrictions at this time, nor are Eagle and Pitkin counties for private lands. Fire officials caution that there is still a fire danger in these areas, and urge caution with fire.

Restrictions on these BLM lands will be in place until further notice. Violation of federal fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $100,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 months or both. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs of suppressing the fire.

For more information about fire restrictions in these areas, log on to http://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gjc/ or call the Colorado River Valley Field Office at (970) 876-9000.

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Brush Creek Fire update – Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7 pm

Rollouts on northern end of fire continue to make containment difficult on Brush Creek Fire near Rifle Gap state park.

The fire remains at approximately 400 acres. Sunday evening the fire was 40% contained. In order to save time and resources, some of the hand crews camped on the fire line; and food and water were slung by helicopter to them. These burning conditions are expected to last into the coming week.

The northern boundary of the fire is located on steep rocky slopes with heavy fuels. Sunday evening the team considered options such as construction of a secondary line at the bottom of the canyon, and/or allowing the fire to move in a northerly direction to an area where containment would be safe and achievable (open meadows and aspens).
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Brush Creek Fire update – Sunday 8:30 am

How Big? – 405 acres
Where is the fire? – 4 miles north of Rifle Gap State Park on BLM land adjacent to Middle Rifle Creek.
What’s it doing? – Quiet through the night.  30% containment at this time. 
Fire Weather – Hot and dry, mid 80’s this afternoon, winds from the SW with gusts up to 25 MPH.
Objectives for this afternoon –
1) Safety for all firefighters and public,
2) Today’s primary objective is to complete construction of a fireline around the fire with the emphasis on the northern end of the fire. Mopping up will begin on the flanks of the fire. Demobilization has begun releasing 6 engines, 4 SEATs and one hand crew.

Resources:  3 engines
Crews:      Alpine IHC Crew 20 person
                   Wyoming IHC Crew 20 person
Crane Valley IHC 20 person from CA
                   Juniper valley Type II crew 30 person
                   Columbia River Type II 20 person from WA
                   Minnesota Crew Type II 20 person
Air Attack Resources:    1-air attack
                                      2-type 1 helicopters
                                      1-type 2 helicopter
                                      1-type 3 helicopter

Homes in jeopardy – none at this time

Rifle Gap Reservoir remains partially closed to boating.

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Brush Creek Fire update – Saturday 6 pm

In spite of winds and rough terrain, fire crews have 30% containment of this fire.  In order to save time and resources, some of the hand crews will camp on the fire line; and food and water will be slung by helicopter to them. Hand crews and air resources are working together to contain this fire in a rugged part of Garfield County. This approximately 400-acre fire is close to the border between the BLM and the White River National Forest boundary approximately 10 miles north of Rifle.
6 pm full press release-|

More information and photos are posted online at www.inciweb.org and at www.garfield-county.com.

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Brush Creek Fire in Garfield County

Brush Creek Fire update – Saturday 2 pm
The fire covers 405 acres four miles north of Rifle Gap State Park on BLM land adjacent to Middle Rifle Creek. It is burning previously unburned patches of fuel within the fire this afternoon. Fire management reports it is 0% contained at this time. Fire map-|

Weather is hot and dry, with winds from the SW with gusting up to 25 mph. Objectives for Saturday afternoon are:
1) Safety for all firefighters and public,
2) Placing the Type 1 Hot Shot crews on the north end of the fire with the objective of constructing a line,
3) Using all other Type 2 crews on the east and west flanks of the fire improving the line and holding it,
4) Using air resources (tankers and helicopters) as weather allows.

An air tanker 11,000 gallon retardant drop was made Saturday afternoon along the west flank of the fire.
Resources: 9 engines
Crews: Alpine IHC Crew 20 person
Wyoming IHC Crew 20 person
Crane Valley IHC 20 person from CA
Juniper valley Type II crew 30 person
Columbia River Type II 20 person from WA
Minnesota Crew Type II 20 person
Cheyenne River Type II Crew 20 person

Air Attack Resources: 1-air attack
4 Seats (small retardant airplane)
2-type 1 helicopters
1-type 2 helicopter
1-type 3 helicopter

Homes in jeopardy – none at this time

Rifle Gap Reservoir remains partially closed to boating.

More information and photos are posted online at www.inciweb.org and at www.garfield-county.com.

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Ward Gulch Fire 100% contained

Ward Gulch Fire update – 10 am Friday, June 22, 2013
The Ward Gulch Fire is 100 percent contained. Firefighters will continue mopping up and patrolling. Some smoke may be visible as pockets of vegetation within the fire perimeter burn. Also, dust devils of swirling ash will be common on windy days. These are often mistaken as smoke.

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Ward Gulch Fire – update Sunday, June 17, 4 pm

4 pm Sunday Ward Creek Fire update
The Ward Creek Fire has had no firefighter injuries and no structures lost. Fifty recent lightning strikes have been recorded, one started a new fire Sunday afternoon, and resources were deployed to that site immediately. The new fire is to the west of the existing area and crews are hopeful of containing that one quickly. The fire near Fravert Reservoir was put out quickly Saturday afternoon by air strikes.

People who had been evacuated were allowed to go back after the 4 pm meeting Sunday. Colorado State Highway 325 was open to residents only. It is not yet open to the public as a precaution, and residents are on alert that in they may be evacuated again, depending on conditions. Two engines are trolling highway 325 throughout Sunday evening, and access for the general public is restricted until the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office removes the roadblocks.

Incident Commander Jeff Berino said there was no significant growth of the fire Sunday, due to elevated humidity, cooler temperatures and light winds. He deployed 300 firefighters to work on the fire by Sunday, and will keep the full number of crews working Monday. He hopes for 100% containment by Wednesday.

The crews consist of: 3 20-person hot shot crews 6 20-person hand crews 6 engines Air support The fire covers an estimated 482 acres, determined by a detailed flyover with a GPS system. Sunday, crews managed to increase from 15% to 60% containment.Cost of the Ward Gulch Fire to date is about a million dollars, 60% of which is for air support. The fire management strategy was to heavily deploy air resources on the front end. That kept it from spreading too quickly, and had it developed into a 2-week event, it would have cost a million dollars a day.

Update 8:15 pm Saturday
Improved visibility and more accurate mapping of the burn area of the Ward Gulch Fire revealed that the fire has covered nearly double the area previously reported, The burned area has now reached 682 acres. The fire did not significantly grow Saturday, but had covered a much larger area initially. The fire is still estimated at being 15% contained.

Ward Gulch map-|     Ward Gulch topo map-|

Note: These are working drafts. The perimeter is a visual estimate. Mapping teams have not flown the fire for an exact boundary yet.

Update 5 pm – Saturday
The Ward Gulch fire near Rifle Gap has burned 340 acres and is 15% contained. An evening storm is expected to bring thunderstorms with dry lightning and strong winds to Garfield County, adding further risk to the blaze. Fire Incident management personnel are hoping that the fire will stay within its current uncontrolled fire edge and not cross Colorado State Highway 325. There are 2oo firefighters working on the blaze. It is burning pinon and juniper, which are fast-burning fuels. Residents who have been evacuated are still out tonight. There is a community meeting planned Sunday afternoon at 4 pm at the Colorado River Fire Rescue Station 41 (old Rifle Fire Station) at 1850 Railroad Avenue in Rifle.

A new fire has cropped up northwest of Fravert Reservoir according to Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Managment. Resources are enroute and a helicopter is doing bucket drops on it. No additional information is available yet.

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