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Grizzly Creek Fire

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Wildfire ignites in Glenwood Canyon this afternoon

I-70 from Glenwood Springs to Gypsum will remain closed overnight

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — This afternoon about 60 firefighters and numerous aircraft responded to the 1,300-acre Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon near the Grizzly Creek rest area, about five miles east of Glenwood Springs.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are no immediate threats to structures and no evacuations are in place.

Most of the firefighting effort this afternoon took place from the air because the rugged terrain and extreme fire behavior. This afternoon the air attack included two VLATs (very large air tankers), five LATs (large air tankers), five helicopters, and two SEATs (single engine air tankers).

Interstate 70 is closed in both directions from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 140 (Gypsum); alternate routes are advised. The highway will be reopened when it is safe to do so. The Forest Service is closing Coffee Pot Road outside of Dotsero and associated areas of the Flattops, as well as Hanging Lake. A map and more information about the closure will be posted tomorrow.

The fire was first reported 1:29 p.m. today. Upon arrival the firefighters encountered large active flames in the I-70 median before the fire took a run up the north-facing slope. Supporting agencies include the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Carbondale Fire and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Firefighters are coordinating closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Firefighters reported extreme fire behavior. Conditions throughout western Colorado remain very dry, and fire danger is high.

Fire updates can be found on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page @GrizzlyCreekFireCO or on Inciweb

For Colorado Department of Transportation updates please visit: www.COTRIP.org

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 8:30 p.m.: FINAL EVENING UPDATE – Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR): Fire operations will conclude tonight and begin again tomorrow. CDOT has released that I-70 Glenwood Canyon Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 140 (Gypsum) will remain closed overnight. Also, access to the Flat Tops Wilderness from Coffee Pot Road is closed. For updates please visit: InciWeb

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 7:15 p.m.: I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure to continue overnight

Colorado Department of Transportation: CDOT asks motorists to plan on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon to be closed overnight on Monday, Aug. 10. The safety closure is to allow CDOT specialists to assess two bridges located near where the Grizzly Creek Fire started, as well as increased rockfall hazard in Glenwood Canyon.

Increased rockfall has been reported and is likely due to burned vegetation no longer holding rocks in place. CDOT asks that motorists *not* use Cottonwood Pass as a detour, due to fire activity.

I-70 closure locations are at the following locations:
– At Gypsum (Exit 140) for westbound I-70
– At Glenwood Springs (Exit 116) for eastbound I-70.

CDOT continues to recommend the below detours for travelers. We understand these detours add several hours travel time, and appreciate that motorists understand the safety closure on I-70 is absolutely necessary.

Agencies are responding to the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon, which began at Mile Point 120. Closures and delays may continue to be extensive.

DETOUR ROUTES CDOT recommends that travelers use highways to the south of I-70 while detouring:

– Travelers heading westbound on I-70 can use US 24, CO 91, or CO 9 to US 285 US 50 and continue west.
– Motorists headed east on I-70 can travel on US 50 to travel east towards US 24, CO 91 or CO 9 to return to I-70 eastbound, or continue east on 285 to the Denver metro area.
– Motorists can take a northern detour of CO 131 to US 40 to CO 139. Please note that while CO 13 is open at this time, it is not a recommended detour due to construction. *Oversize commercial vehicles are not allowed due to construction conditions on CO 13.
Delays are likely on these routes, as they do not normally carry traffic volumes as heavy as I-70. CDOT asks that motorists *not* use Cottonwood Pass, due to fire activity.

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 7:15 p.m.Garfield County Public Health: Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including COVID-19.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control’s Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19 page to learn about the differences between symptoms of smoke exposure and COVID-19, and for ways to protect yourself from wildfire smoke during the pandemic.

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 5:58 p.m.Westbound I-70 is open between mile marker 116 and 109.

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 6:06 p.m.The Grizzly Creek Fire is reporting around 1300 acres with over 60+firefighters on scene. Heavy air attack with four Heavy Air Tankers, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and a Type I and Type III helicopter.

NO DRONES or UAS (unmanned aerial systems) are authorized in the area #IfYouFlyWeCant #grizzlycreekfire#120Fire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 5:00 p.m.:This active wildfire continues to burn in Glenwood Canyon near Grizzly Creek (about six miles east of the main Glenwood Springs Exit). Currently there is heavy air attack taking place. A Temporary Flight Restriciton (TFR) is in place over the fire, remember NO DRONES or UAS (unmanned aerial systems) are authorized in the area #IfYouFlyWeCant #grizzlycreekfire#120Fire
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 4:40 p.m.
Official fire information is located at:
Inciweb is active-incident #6942
White River National Forest facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
Phone: #970-930-1850
grizzlycreekfire@gmail.com

UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 4:30 pm The eastbound I-70 closure now begins at Canyon Creek, MM 109.

UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 3:15 pm The westbound I-70 closure now begins at Gypsum, MM 140.
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UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 2:48 pm – In light of the Glenwood Canyon Interstate 70 closure, CDOT recommends that westbound travelers take US 24 to US 285 to Poncha Springs, where motorists can turn west on US 50, which reaches I-70 in Grand Junction.

Eastbound travelers should take US 50 to Poncha Springs, turn left onto US 285 to US 24, which reaches I-70 between Avon and Vail.

Motorists can take a northern detour of CO 131 to US 40 to 139. CO 13 at Rifle is open at this time, but not recommended due to construction.

UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 2:44 p.m. – One helicopter is on scene. Four heavy air tankers are en route. #120Fire

Fire moving uphill rapidly.

I-70 closed eastbound at mile marker 116 in Glenwood Springs. Closed westbound at Dotsero exit.

Follow updates on facebook: @glenwoodspringsfiredepartment – #120fire; to sign up for emergency alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com and register at garfieldcounty.net for Garfield County Emergency Management.


Air Quality Alert: Unhealthy for sensitive groups – wildfire smoke

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Garfield County Public Health have issued an air quality health advisory due to wildfire smoke.

Wildfire smoke may reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. If visibility is less than 5 miles in your neighborhood, avoid outdoor exercise and keep indoor air clean.

Visit the Environmental Health air quality page for real-time data on air quality and information on how to stay healthy during a wildfire smoke advisory.
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Residents evacuated north of Pine Gulch Fire

Fire is in far western Garfield County above Grand Junction

UPDATE: 8.9.20 AT 11:10 p.m. – More residences evacuated north of Pine Gulch Fire


Residents on county roads 204/Roan Creek Road, 211/Clear Creek Road, 207/Carr Creek Road and 209/Brush Creek Road are being evacuated, following the Pine Gulch Fire crossing County Road 202. The fire is spreading to the northeast. It is located to the west and north of De Beque, so is not headed towards the town as this time.

Emergency Management Operations personnel are evacuating residents door to door in the area. Garfield County Emergency notifications were sent from Garfield County 911 dispatch as well.

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is prepared to accept animals needing relocation tonight, please call 970.309.4341 for assistance; and give at least fifteen minutes notice for arrival and unlocking of gates for access.

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8.9.20 at 9:57 p.m. Residents on County Road 204 are being evacuated, as the Pine Gulch Fire spreads northward tonight. Emergency Management Operations personnel are evacuating residents door to door in the area; they had been on pre-evacuation orders since Saturday. Garfield County Emergency notifications were sent from dispatch as well.

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is prepared to accept animals needing relocation tonight, please call 970.309.4341 for assistance; and give at least fifteen minutes notice for arrival and unlocking of gates for access.

Further evacuations are possible tonight. As the fire moves northeast, pre-evacuations were announced Saturday to residences along County Road (CR) 204, as well as residences on Clear Creek Road, CR 209, and CR 207, to allow safe egress prior to advancement of the fire. Approximately eight residences are on County Road 204, and Emergency Management Operations personnel visited them Friday night in person to discuss the fire’s advancement, operations and preparations. As evacuations are ordered, residences will again be visited in person by emergency management personnel to ensure they are aware of the need to leave quickly.

A small number of residences have also been evacuated on County Roads 200 and 202 via in person notifications. Electricity to affected properties was disabled prior to the evacuations for safety. Roads are closed in the area for safe fire operations.

Emergency notifications to affected residents will also be done through Garfield County Emergency Notification System – subscribe at garco911.com. Pine Gulch Fire updates are posted on Inciweb, and pre-evacuation and evacuation information will be posted on the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office facebook page, and the county’s emergency feed at garfieldcounty.net.



Pine Gulch Fire Continues Northeast Amid Dry, Windy Conditions

Wildfire is in far western Garfield County north of Grand Junction Incident Type: Wildfire
Update: 11:00 a.m. – 8.10.20
Size: 29,425 acres
Total personnel: 535
Contained: 7%
Containment summary



8.10.20 at 11:00 a.m. – Current Situation: By Monday morning, the Pine Gulch Fire grew to 29,425 acres according to an overnight infrared flight. On Sunday, the fire was active from the pre-dawn hours through the day, primarily on Horse Mountain. Fuels remained critically dry and winds out of the southwest continued pushing the fire northeast through the day. The fire burning on Cow Ridge continued working downslope to Kimball Creek and spotted across the Kimball Creek (202) road late yesterday afternoon. The fire on the north side of 202 grew to approximately 300 acres and is located south face of Kimball Mountain. Firefighters actively fought the fire on the south side of Kimball Mountain into early Monday morning. One old, abandoned structure was burned on Sunday afternoon in the Kimball Creek drainage. The Pine Gulch Fire remains 7% contained.

On Monday, Division A will patrol and mop up the containment line along the X ½ road. Crews in Division G will be working with crews in Division Z looking for opportunities to secure the fire between the X ½ road/222 and the dozer lines constructed along the east end of the North Dry Fork (200) road. Other crews, called the Kimball Group, will continue working on structure protection in the Kimball Creek drainage and assessing values at risk north of the fire’s current location. Crews will be assessing containment options along the Roan Creek (204) road through the day today. A night shift with two divisions has been established; those divisions are known as J and V (not currently shown on map). Crews assigned to those groups will be working overnight to protect values at risk in the fire area and conducting burn operations as conditions and fire behavior allow. Aerial resources will be used again today to assist efforts on the ground.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Humidity recovery was poor again overnight although fire behavior was less extreme than was seen on previous overnight shifts. Humidity will decrease through the day today with an expected minimum relative humidity as low as 7%. Temperatures are expected to be 86-89 degrees. Winds out of the southwest are expected to be consistent through the day with gusts as high as 18 mph. If winds and slope align over the fire, there is a possibility for extreme fire behavior and high rates of spread again today.

Closures and Evacuations: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Sunday night. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit garfieldcounty.net. There is a new road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at Kimball Creek Road (202); that closure is being staffed by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for western Mesa County and Garfield County. Current air quality information is available on the Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com/air-quality and updates on the Pine Gulch Fire are available at garfieldcounty.net. Information on the health impacts of wildfire smoke can be found on the county’s wildfire smoke page.

Emergency Alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or land line phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.


InciWeb: Pine Gulch Fire main website page

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





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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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.
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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.

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

STANDING PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER IMPLEMENTING VARIANCE FROM COLORADO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-28, AND SETTING STANDARDS FOR RESTAURANTS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, FITNESS FACILITIES AND GYMS, RECREATION, AND OUTFITTERS IN GARFIELD COUNTY

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 airport lands $3.1 million FAA grant

August 5, 2020
GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County has secured a $3.1 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) toward a project to expand the Rifle Garfield County Airport apron, allowing for additional parking space for aircraft. The total cost of the project, which has been...
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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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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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Differentiating isolation and quarantine in COVID-19

August 7, 2020
Two different letters are distributed to people in the community that have been exposed to COVID-19; one focused on isolation, and another on quarantine. There has been some confusion in the public over what each of these letters entail, prompting Garfield County Public Health to...
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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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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. Postcards-|


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