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Thursday, October 28, 2021

I-70 is CLOSED through the Glenwood Canyon NOW WHAT?

 

WELCOME TO COLORADO’S ROCKY MOUNTAINS

                   

So, I-70 is CLOSED through the Glenwood Canyon
NOW WHAT? 

NOTE: GPS may show alternate routes but keep in mind, many of the routes are impassable with non-4x4 vehicles (without clearance) and there is NO CELL phone reception on the suggested mountain roadways! 

馃憠View the Colorado state webpage dedicated to the Glenwood Canyon interstate closure & view videos/updates HERE

View the I-70/Glenwood Canyon Closure Operational Plan video (includes Spanish subtitles) that outlines the protocols in place during these closures. 

If you have further questions after viewing the video, please fill out the question submittal form, and your question will be routed to the appropriate agency to answer as quickly as possible.

LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY: 
NOTE: Roadblocks & Checkpoints will be in place following announcements from CDOT of an extended closure in the Glenwood Canyon on I-70.  Be prepared to show proof of residency to access the road or area you are traveling to. 

I-70 Mountain Corridor TRAVELERS:  

NOTE: Before detouring onto alternate routes, motorists should refer to www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions. 
  • CDOT strongly discourages travelers from using highways south of I-70 (Spring/Summer 2021) for an alternate route, due to extensive construction closures. 
  • CDOT also asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass Road (in Eagle/Garfield counties), Hagerman Pass, Eagle/Thomasville Road, or other county or forest service roads in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties as a detour.
    ***These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. Many of these four-wheel-drive roads also do not have cell phone coverage***

RECOMMENDED ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR I-70 EASTBOUND TRAVELERS:
馃憠Motorists traveling eastbound on I-70 can reach the Denver Metro area by turning north from I-70 onto Colorado Highway 13 at Rifle (Exit 90). Travel north on CO 13 to Craig, then turn east on US Highway 40 towards Kremmling. In Kremmling, motorists should head south on Colorado Highway 9 towards Silverthorne. In Silverthorne, motorists can rejoin eastbound I-70. 

RECOMMENDED ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR I-70 WESTBOUND TRAVELERS:
馃憠Motorists traveling westbound on I-70 can reach the Grand Junction area by turning north from I-70 at Silverthorne (Exit 205) onto Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling, continue on US Highway 40 to Craig, head south on CO 13 to Rifle. In Rifle, motorists can rejoin westbound I-70. 



(NOTE: ALL mountain corridors/roadways can have limited cell phone coverage) 

                               

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Eagle County Fire Restriction Info


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be in effect anytime a RED FLAG WARNING is issued locally by the National Weather Service.  

A Red Flag Warning can be issued anytime critical fire weather conditions exist or have the potential to exist. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior during periods of a Red Flag Warning. 

View the 'Fire Stage flyers' and 'Interactive Map' below



Eagle County Fire Restriction Categories/Map Key

No Fire Restrictions = Green
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions = Yellow
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions = Red
Complete Fire Ban = Black

Please be prepared & refer to the different stage restriction flyers below for more information about what IS and is NOT allowed.

Detailed overview:
No Restrictions = Green 
  • NOTE: No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands
  • The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents and visitors to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire occurs.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions = Yellow (click on the flyer to view)

What is NOT ALLOWED? 
  • ALL personal uses of Fireworks are prohibited!  
  • ANY fire not within a permanently constructed fire pit, ring, or grate on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land. 
  • Fires contained within portable devices (chimineas, grills and tiki torches with no shut-off valve) on undeveloped lands. 
  • Smoking outdoors in an area that is not cleared of all combustible materials. 
  • No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands. 
  • Using any internal or external combustion engine WITHOUT a spark-arresting device.  
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame in an area that is NOT cleared of at least 10 feet in diameter and NOT in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
What IS ALLOWED?
  • Professional fireworks displays are allowed
  • Fires contained within a permanently constructed fire pit, ring or grate on PRIVATE land; or within a fee-charged PUBLIC recreational site, such as campgrounds.
  • Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land. 
  • Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.
  • Shooting or discharging firearms on PRIVATE land or at a PUBLIC Shooting Range.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines WITH a spark-arresting device. 
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions = Red  (click on the flyer to view)


What is NOT ALLOWED? 
  • ALL personal uses of Fireworks are prohibited.  
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or open flame outdoors is PROHIBITED. This includes charcoal grills, BBQs, coal, and wood-burning stoves.
  • Smoking outdoors when not in a developed recreational site or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.  
  • Shooting or discharge of firearms for recreational purposes on private or public land.
  • No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands. 
  • Using any internal or external combustion engine (chainsaw, ATV, generator etc.) WITHOUT a spark-arresting device.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch devices with open flame outdoors.  A ‘HOTWORK’ permit can be issued thru a local fire department with a site inspection. 
What IS ALLOWED?
  • Professional fireworks displays are allowed
  • Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices on PUBLIC or PRIVATE land with a shut-off valve. 
  • Smoking within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site, or in an area that is cleared of all combustible materials.
  • Shooting or discharging firearms for hunting, with a valid and current hunting license on private or public lands.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines WITH a spark-arresting device, and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a round pointed shovel at least 35” long. Both must be readily available for use.

Complete Fire Ban = Black
馃毇Complete Fire BAN. 馃毇
ALL hot work requires a permit from your local fire authority.
(Call Dispatch (970) 479-2201 to be connected)

NOTE: 馃毄Any time a RED FLAG WARNING is issued, increased Fire Restrictions will be in effect for Eagle County as issued by the National Weather Service without any further action by the Sheriff. (see details below)

⛅The NWS (National Weather Service) will announce a Red Flag Warning as issued for weather events that may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. ... The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above. 

For more information about fire restrictions on Federal Lands:

U.S. Forest Service link 

For information about fire restrictions across the State of Colorado:
CO Public Safety link

馃憠Fire managers, officials, and partners from local, state, and federal agencies want the community to be prepared for wildfire season and fire restrictions in Eagle County.  

  • Check with your local municipality, and fire authority for specific fire restrictions as they arise, inquire about permits for burn activity and schedule your property for a wildfire assessment. 
  • View a "Fire Wise" checklist for homeowners: HERE
Eagle County is comprised of multiple authorities responsible for managing fire restrictions, including federal public lands managed by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, unincorporated Eagle County, towns, and local municipalities.  The map below is intended to provide an overview of current fire restrictions across these jurisdictions covering all land within the boundaries of Eagle County and is a joint effort between the jurisdictions. 

*View the above map online as a stand-alone here.  To incorporate the KML layer onto your own maps or to embed the map into a website, please contact brandon.williams@eaglecounty.us

Eagle County fire restrictions table: (click on image to view) 
For further clarification on fire restrictions, please contact the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 & press 2 for the general administration line.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

REMINDER: Starting on February 1, 2021, non-emergency messaging from EC Alerts will be no longer be sent as text messages, non-emergency messaging will still be sent via e-mail, and now through the Everbridge App. The Everbridge App is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. Non-emergency messaging includes traffic alerts, area alerts, business alerts and red flag warnings.

The link below will take you to a pdf with instructions on how to load the app, log into your account on the app & find Eagle County Alerts.

Link to the instructional PDF on downloading the Everbridge App

Forgotten usernames and passwords can be recovered at www.ecalert.org. You can log into your account at any time to change your subscriptions, to change or update your contact information and update your addresses for emergency alerting.

You will still receive emergency messaging such as evacuation notices in all of the formats you receive them now, in addition to the Everbridge App.



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El enlace de abajo lo llevara a un PDF adjunto con instrucciones de como descargar la aplicaci贸n, iniciar sesi贸n con su cuenta y como encontrar Alertas en el Condado de Eagle.

Enlace a PDF con instrucciones de como descargar la aplicaci贸n de Everbridge

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

ERFPD, GEFPD & VFES LAUNCH COMMUNITY CONNECT

Eagle River Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Vail Fire & Emergency Services have been working closely with technology partner First Due to release Community Connect, an application focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster. Community Connect is a secure, easy to use platform that will initially allow residents to share critical information about their household and family with First Responders. Soon to follow there will also be a commercial side for business owners and property managers to share information about commercial structures, such as hazardous materials, evacuation plans, and contact information, allowing First Responders to respond more efficiently and effectively; ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes for both residents and businesses.

Community Connect is completely voluntary and residents are individually able to decide which information they are comfortable sharing. Residents simply create a profile and enter critical property and occupant information which is then made available to public safety agencies at the time of dispatch. Data provided by residents within Community Connect is 100% secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving the resident during emergency situations.

If you are a resident or own property in Eagle County and would like to learn more or sign up for the program, please visit Eagle County Community Connect at https://www.communityconnect.io/info/co-eaglecounty. Once you enter your address into the “Create Your Profile” button on this page, you will be re-directed to your specific Fire Department page and can sign-up from there. For more information about Community Connect, watch this video: https://youtu.be/9HUT9p7tw9U




Wednesday, November 4, 2020

County launches new comprehensive COVID-19 website, adopts updated state public health order

Eagle County has launched a comprehensive, bilingual COVID-19 website to streamline information and resources related to the local effects of the pandemic. It is available at www.eaglecountycovid.org

The site combines elements from existing online resources so they are located in one place. Information previously found on www.ECEmergency.org, the Key Performance Indicators site, the data dashboard, the county website, and other outlets is available on the new site. Additional information will be added and updates will continue as the site is refined.

The homepage directs visitors to English or Spanish information. There, they can see the county’s current COVID-19 risk level, learn where to get tested, find individual and family assistance in both the Eagle River and Roaring Fork valleys, review guidance for businesses, and view information for incoming travelers. The most recent “epi update” video is also available. 

Eagle County Public Health & Environment recently updated its community monitoring dashboard to include additional local information and trends in COVID-19 disease surveillance. Information on confirmed cases, testing, hospitalizations and deaths will be updated every day. 

In addition to launching the new website, the county has updated its public health order to adopt the newest order from the state, which went into effect on Nov. 3. Specifically, the new state order:

  • Updates the dial levels to be identified by color by removing the numbers from the Safer-At-Home levels. This change is intended to be more easily understood by Coloradans already accustomed to existing color-coded warning systems.
  • Limits gatherings to no more than 10 from no more than 2 households for levels Blue, Yellow, and Orange, and prohibits gatherings for Red.
  • Specifies that places of worship do not need to use the spacing calculator for seated events, consistent with other sector guidance, in all Safer at Home levels. Seated parishioners should be at least 6 feet apart from other households. 
  • Emphasizes that outdoor worship is always permitted.
  • Changes indoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 50 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Changes outdoor event guidance in Level Orange: Safer at Home, High Risk to be 25% of posted occupancy limit or 75 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Includes in-person learning for preschool through grade 12 schools as part of the “Critical Business” definition. This clarifies that local districts are able to make determinations on how to structure the format of education based on local factors.
  • Finalizes transportation guidance to emphasize the requirement to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while on public transportation. 
  • Defines Stay at Home requirements, clarifying that at this level most activities are significantly curtailed, only allowed in outdoor environments, or prohibited, and noncritical businesses are closed for in-person work or services.

Visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/ for more information.