Ward Gulch Fire
Crews of 300 firefighters, 6 engines and air support reached 60% containment on the Ward Creek Fire by Sunday afternoon. Full containment is expected by Wednesday. Mapping flyovers determined the burn area is 482 acres.
6 pm Monday Ward Gulch Fire update
The Ward Creek Fire in Garfield County near Rifle Gap has had no new growth in the past 24 hours. Containment is at 85% after a very good day Monday. At 8:30-9 pm Monday night the barriers will be removed to allow public travel on Colorado State Highway 325. Travelers are asked to use caution due to firefighting equipment and personnel still along the highway. The number of firefighters still working Monday was 250, but more are expected to be released to work on other fires on Tuesday.
The reservoir at Rifle Gap may be partially opened soon, with the closed area still accommodating a helicopter dipping water from it. Camping at Rifle Falls State Park is expected to be allowed again in coming days.
Work along the rugged Yankee Division area progressed well Monday. Fire managers have not been advised of any livestock affected by the blaze. BLM resource hydrologists are reviewing the burned pinon and juniper area
to evaluate rehabilitation requirements to determine if firefighters on the scene now will conduct some early measures before leaving.
Parachute Creek benzene cleanup
June 12 CDPHE update
Over the weekend of June 8 benzene was detected at a concentration of 1.4 ppb in Parachute Creek surface water on June 8, June 9 and June 10 at sample site 6 (CS-6).
Whooping cough outbreak Sixteen confirmed cases of whooping cough have surfaced in Garfield County, the newest in New Castle and Glenwood Springs. outbreak updates-|whooping cough-|
Garfield County Commissioners voted 2-1 to rescind the ban on fireworks sales in Garfield County for June 29-July 4 only, but a ban on use of fireworks in unincorporated Garfield County will still be fully enforced.
There are now 49 cases of acute hepatitis believed to be associated with a frozen berry and pomegranate mix purchased from Costco stores. Colorado has cases under investigation, including from Eagle County.
The Garfield County Commissioners will hold a work session Wednesday to start budget discussions for 2014. The meeting is at 8:30 am at the Garfield County Administration Building at 108 8th Street, Glenwood Springs.
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