Ward Gulch Fire
Colorado State 325 is open. Rifle Falls Park is open, including for overnight camping. Rifle Mountain Park is open, and will be open for camping Wednesday night. Fire personnel brought the containment to 95% Tuesday afternoon.
Ward Gulch Fire update - 12:30 pm Wednesday Ward Gulch Fire Information Officer Pat Thrasher reports that the smoke in Garfield County is not coming from the Ward Gulch Fire. The smoke may be from fires in Utah or a large fire in Arizona. The transition to BLM management is continuing as planned.
Public health recommendations for areas affected by smoke:
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. Colorado Smoke Outlook-| NOAA smoke data-|
Ward Gulch Fire update - 8 am Wednesday
A red flag warning is in effect, with high winds and low humidity forecasted, which is a concern for the fire management team. Residents in and around Garfield County, and especially the Rifle area, should be aware of the potential for increased fire activity with this weather.
The fire is still at 95% containment, with 100% containment expected by the end of the shift. The fire area covers 485 acres, and is being managed by two crews, two engines and a medium helicopter. At the end of Wednesday's shift, fire management will transfer to the local BLM office. There will be approximately 50 fire personnel working on the fire starting Thursday, if conditions do not change. Firefighters are working on soil erosion protection along the fire line, while also treating hot spots and smoke flare-ups as needed.
The current cost is estimated at $1.5 million.
Ward Gulch Fire - 6 pm update Tuesday
Crews made progress today bringing the fire to 95% containment. There are 208 personnel at this time still working on this fire; however, plans are to demobilize a number of firefighters in the next 24 hours. Barring any unforeseen change in conditions, the fire management will pass to the Bureau of Land Management local unit at the end of the shift Wednesday, and those teams will monitor the fire until it burns out.
Ward Gulch Fire - 8:30 am Tuesday - parks reopen
Rifle Falls Park is fully open, including for overnight camping. Rifle Mountain Park is open, and will be available for camping starting Wednesday night. The two parks had been closed to public use as a precaution, and the vegetation directly at the camping areas was not affected. Fire damage is visible from Colorado State Highway 325, from Grass Valley Road, or from the dam area at Rifle Gap, but the fire area is out of view from the central camping areas in these parks.
There is no change in the 485-acre size of the burn area or the 80% containment overnight Monday, however fire personnel hope to bring the containment to 100% by Tuesday afternoon. This means the fire is contained within boundaries while it burns itself out.
"While the fire is still burning within the area, we are moving towards a stage of mop up and rehabilitation now," said Pat Thrasher, Incident Public Information Officer. "This will mean going back over the fire lines and building water bars to reduce soil erosion. We will use firefighter teams to do this before they leave." Plans are to allow for natural revegetation. This fire burned quickly in the pinon and juniper, so did not damage the roots of the plants, and there may be some growth this summer in the area.
Parachute Creek Surface Water Sample Readings for CS-6 (June 2013)
June 13: 1.6 ppb
June 14: 1.8 ppb
June 15: 1.5 ppb
June 16: 1.7 ppb
Readings for the rest of the creek surface water sample points (CS-7 through the Town of Parachute) remain non-detect.
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-|
Changes reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners to the Unified Land Use Resolution for Garfield County will be considered by the Garfield County Planning Commission July 10 at 6:00 p.m. The changes will impact a variety of projects and are planned to streamline the code.
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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