Type 2 team called in for Pine Gulch Fire

8.3.20 at 9:30 am: GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Pine Gulch Fire started as a result of lightning Friday evening, July 31. It is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private lands approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction in Mesa County, approaching the Garfield County line. The fire has grown to approximately 1,500 acres and is 5% contained.

There are several structures now threatened. As the fire continued actively burning overnight, fire crews conducted burnout operations to remove fuels from the fire’s path. Due to extreme fire behavior and continued growth Sunday, a Type 2 incident command team has been ordered.

Road barricades have been placed around the affected fire area, and numerous public visitors have driven around the closures. The presence of non-fire traffic within the area is a distraction and a hazard to firefighters and members of the public. Sheriff’s deputies will be limiting access to roads in the fire area.

There are 95 firefighting resources currently assigned to the fire, including four engines, two fire modules, two Type 2 hand crews and the Wyoming Hotshot crew, with air support from two helicopters (Type 1 and Type 3), a single engine air tanker, and two large air tankers. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Team will transfer management of the Pine Gulch Fire to the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black tomorrow morning. Additional firefighting resources are en route. Participating agencies include Mesa County, De Beque Fire Protection District, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, BLM and Forest Service.

InciWeb: Pine Gulch Fire updates

BLM lands within the Grand Junction Field Office are currently under stage 1 fire restrictions.
Fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in northwest Colorado

Air quality advisory related to regional wildfires

8.3.20 at 9:30 am: – The Pine Gulch Fire in Mesa County has created an air quality advisory for Mesa County and may affect residents in western Garfield County. In addition, InciWeb reports three fires in Rio Blanco County, and three in southern Colorado, and the White River National Forest is monitoring the Smith Fire north of Reudi (below).

Smith Fire north of Ruedi Reservoir

The Smith Fire north of Ruedi Reservoir was mapped Monday at 0.7-acres. Firefighters aided by the heavy helicopter were able to keep the fire from growing Sunday evening. The fire was not active or growing Monday. The cause is under investigation. Fourteen firefighters Monday built containment line around the perimeter and are continuing to strengthen those lines. Firefighters did not use aircraft Monday.

Roaring Fork Fire Rescue was first on the scene Sunday night. (Basalt and Snowmass fire merged awhile back to form Roaring Fork Fire Rescue).

Saturday evening, fourteen firefighters worked the 1.5-acre Smith Fire north of Ruedi Reservoir in the Freeman Creek area. Earlier Saturday evening, a heavy helicopter pulling water from the reservoir helped keep the fire from spreading.

The lightning-ignited fire is burned in grass, brush and aspen on the White River National Forest. No structures are threatened.

Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District firefighters provided the initial response and have since been released. Seven smokejumpers jumped to the fire Saturday evening and seven additional firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit hiked to the fire.

Stage 1 fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect for unincorporated Garfield County, White River National Forest, BLM lands

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COVID-19 outbreaks arise in local faith-based groups

July 31, 2020
Two different faith-based groups in Garfield County have experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 among worshippers, and Garfield County Public Health is urging vigilance to anyone gathering in groups to abide by social distancing guidelines and to wear masks.
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Submit a Business Social Distancing Plan

April 24, 2020
The Safer at Home order allows businesses to begin ramping up, while still protecting the well-being of our citizens. The Roadmap to Recovery details a phased reopening. Businesses looking to re-open must fill out an online form before May 4. - Plan de Distanciamiento Social para Negocios es en Español tambien.
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Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin counties to implement regional testing strategy for COVID-19

July 9, 2020
Public health departments in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties are coordinating their regional testing strategies for COVID-19. Testing is a key containment strategy to slow the spread of the disease. Surges in cases nationwide are stressing the testing components supply chain and the capacity at state and commercial labs cannot keep up with the demand, often delaying results by up...
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The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.


If you have mild COVID symptoms and are able to manage them, you will probably not be tested for COVID at this time. We are reserving our tests for our most critically ill. If you are ill, please help our community by staying at home in self-isolation. Here is our valley’s (Aspen to Parachute) most recent guidance on testing:


Garfield County has data available on cases and symptoms locally, as well as other data points of interest.

Community assistance

The Human Services office in Rifle is open for limited services:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Monday – Friday

The Human Services office in Glenwood Springs is also open for limited services:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuesday – Friday

Call lines are available to assist the community with gaining access to available resources. Call lines operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; call 970-625-5282 or 970-945-9191.

Asistencia de comunidad

La oficina de DHS en Rifle estara abierto para servicios limitados:
9 a.m. a 11 a.m.
Lunes – Viernes

La oficina de DHS en Glenwood Springs estara abierto para servicios limitados:
9 a.m. a 11 a.m.
Martes - Viernes

Líneas disponibles a llamar para asistir a la comunidad para informarles de recursos disponibles. Las líneas operan de Lunes a Viernes de 7 a.m. a 7 p.m. Llame al 970-945-9191.

Apply for assistance through our Human Services department

Applications for food, medical and adult financial assistance, Colorado Works/ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), long term care and child care assistance can be made online at Colorado PEAK or via the MyCOBenefits app (download from the Google Play Store.)

The Department of Human Services has seen a significant decrease in the number of applications that are being accessed at the remote locations. As a result we will be pulling all remote location boxes and applications. Applications for assistance will still be available at our two office locations in Rifle and in Glenwood Springs.

DHS has also seen a significant decrease in the amount of calls coming into our office. As a result we will be limiting phone coverage to business hours. Individuals will still be able to apply for emergency assistance via phone or paper application but please take note of our adjusted arrangements.

A long standing relationship with Colorado Mountain College is being updated and redesigned. GarCo Design Works will be closing and programming is being developed to meet the needs of our changing work force. Garfield County DHS appreciates the long standing relationship with Colorado Mountain College and looks forward to modernizing the workforce training they provide our clients.

Economic assistance

Information for businesses and employees, or recently unemployed workers, experiencing economic distress due to the spread of COVID-19.

Mental health resources - COVID-19

Local crisis services

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We are all dealing with the difficulties and disruptions of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reality of this illness is frightening, but the good news is we are all in this together. People from across the world are demonstrating immense courage and compassion during this crisis, and are helping one another to remain safe. It’s natural to be afraid, upset or depressed during times like these, and there are numerous resources for anyone feeling down that would like someone to talk to. An understanding and caring ear is just a phone call away. Reach out now to talk.

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We provide free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24/7/365.

Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional.


Effective Date: May 24, 2020

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Garfield County enacts extended emergency declaration

It is hereby determined and declared that the presence of the COVID-19 virus within Garfield County constitutes and continues to be a local disaster emergency that warrants the mobilization of emergency response and the furnishing of aid and assistance.

The continuation of the declaration of local disaster emergency is necessary for the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the County of Garfield, State of Colorado.

This continuation of the declaration of local disaster emergency shall be promptly filed with the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder and with the Colorado Office of Emergency Management and given prompt and general publicity.

The declaration of local disaster emergency shall remain in effect for the duration of the CDPHE Order on Social Distancing, as amended, or further action by the board.

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Mask Up and Do MORE in Garfield County

July 15, 2020
In an effort to remind visitors and residents how we can all help reverse the current trendline and start to lower the number of COVID cases in Garfield County, Public Health launches the Do MORE in Garfield County campaign. The campaign features summer messages to be used by community businesses...
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County continues to connect public with needed services

July 24, 2020
The Garfield County Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to provide essential services for people seeking assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic Though the county’s emergency general assistance has now ended, disaster temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) is still available for individuals who are eligible.
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Human Services Commission grants available

June 30, 2020
Garfield County Human Services Commission grants are now available to qualifying nonprofit 501(c) (3) agencies. The applications are due to the Garfield County Manager’s Office, 108 8th Street, Suite 101, Glenwood Springs, by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.
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Garfield County offices and departments still closed to public

April 30, 2020
UPDATE - May 4, 2020 GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – During Colorado’s “Safer at Home” phase of the COVID-19 response, the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s, Treasurer’s and Assessor’s offices in the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs are still closed to walk-in traffic. Services through...
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Silt receives CDOT Revitalizing Main Street grant

August 3, 2020
The Town of Silt has received a $32,421 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) toward improving sidewalks surrounding a senior living facility and other walkways that connect residential areas to downtown. Grant - |
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Residents asked to beware of mysterious seed packets

July 31, 2020
Residents asked to beware of mysterious seed packets Local residents have been receiving strange seeds from China in the mail PRESS RELEASE 7.30.20   GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Vegetation management is asking the public to be aware of strange seed packages that have...
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County approves additional $500,000 to address limestone extraction matters

July 21, 2020
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has approved a supplemental budget request of $500,000 to cover expenses for legal matters related to the limestone quarry operated in Garfield County by Rocky Mountain Aggregates, Inc. and RMR Industrials, Inc. (collectively, “RMI”).
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Fill out your census form today

The 2020 U.S. Census is underway and forms can be filled out online, by phone or mail. April 1 is Census Day and all residents are asked to complete their census form. Each person that completes the census form equates to $2,300 per year in federal funding for the area. All people living in a household should be counted in the census, including children, other family members and even renters. Your census information is secure and citizenship information is not collected.

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Postcard reminders coming to P.O. boxes

Between June 24 and July 3, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing roughly 1.3 million postcard reminders to residents that receive their mail at a P.O. box. People residing the in U.S. still have time to fill out their census forms online or by phone.


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