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Friday, July 23, 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! 

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:
👉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:
👉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, July 15, 2021

Eagle County Fire Restriction Info


Current Fire Restrictions = Eagle County officials announce “Stage 1” Fire Restrictions effective: Friday, July 9, 2021,12:01 a.m.

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

BE PREPAREDWhen a RED FLAG WARNING is issued (NWS), additional Fire Restrictions will apply! (more info at bottom of page).

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

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

NOTE: ðŸš©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

👉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.


Smoke in area from out-of-state wildfires; advisory issued

7/12/21: Thinking of going for a hike or bike ride today? The State of Colorado has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke in the region. Check out this video to learn about some of the resources to understand how wildfire smoke may be impacting our communities and decide if it’s healthy to play or work outdoors. Use fire.airnow.gov for real-time air quality data, and visit Eagle County’s Public Health and Wildfires webpage for more information about protecting yourself from the impacts of wildfires.



#SylvanFire information:

MAPS / MAPAS: MAP / Fire/Evacuation area Information CLICK HERE: 
MAPA / Incendio / Área de evacuación Información HAGA CLIC AQUÍ

DAILY UPDATES/ Actualizaciones diarias: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/

Fire Information Facebook pages / Páginas en Facebook con información del incendio: https://www.facebook.com/SylvanFireInformation
https://www.facebook.com/MiSaludMiCharco

Info Line / Línea de información: (970) 462-9625 (8am to 8pm) Email: 2021.sylvan@firenet.gov

Air Quality Health Advisories / Avisos de Calidad del Aire: www.colorado.gov/airquality

Eagle County Information/Informacion del Condado de Eagle: www.ecemergency.org Pitkin County Information/Informacion del Condado de Pitkin: www.pitkinwmergency.org White River National Forest Information/Informacion del White River National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver

CLOSURES, EVACUATIONS, AND PRE-EVACUATIONS / CIERRES, EVACUACIONES, Y PRE-EVACUACIONES (7/13/21)

The latest information including closure maps is available on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/

For area, road, and trail closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver 

For support with livestock in Eagle County in the fire impacted area, contact: (970) 379-7731 / Para obtener apoyo con el ganado en el área afectada por el fuego, comuníquese con el : (970) 379-7731

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Wildfire Smoke for northwest Colorado including Eagle County. If smoke becomes heavy in your neighborhood, make efforts to limit outdoor activities and keep indoor air clean. Please visit Eagle County’s Public Health and Wildfires webpage for precautions you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Real-time air quality data is also available on fire.airnow.gov
El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado emitió un Aviso de salud sobre la calidad del aire para el humo de incendios forestales para el noroeste de Colorado, incluido el condado de Eagle. Si el humo se vuelve denso en su vecindario, haga esfuerzos para limitar las actividades al aire libre y mantenga limpio el aire interior.


Los datos sobre la calidad del aire en tiempo real están disponibles en fire.airnow.gov.

 

#SlowDownMoveOver for emergency vehicles / #SlowDownMoveOver para vehículos de emergencia

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Smoke in area largely due to out-of-state wildfires; small wildland fire near Red Hill is not primary cause and is being contained

 June 8, 2021- Smoke in area


2:57 p.m. - Cottonwood Pass is now open. The small wildland fire near Red Hill in Gypsum is contained. 

12:48 p.m. - Smoke in the Eagle River Valley and Roaring Fork Valley is largely due to out-of-state wildfires in Texas and New Mexico. A small wildland fire near Red Hill in Gypsum is not the primary cause and is being contained. Cottonwood Pass is currently closed for safety. Please stay indoors if you have a sensitivity to smoke or lung disease. 

For real-time information on smoke levels in Eagle County, check out our network of Purple Air sensors. (Tip for getting the most accurate Purple Air readings: in the bottom left-hand corner of the map screen, select the LRAPA under "Conversion" and use the one hour average.) Orange or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” means that people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution should consider limiting outdoor activity. If visibility becomes less than 5 miles in your area or the sensors indicate Red, smoke has reached levels that may be unhealthy for everyone. 

Learn more about local air quality at the NOAA Smoke Modeling page. Wildfire smoke health advisories are also available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

More updates are also available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EagleCountyWildland

8 de junio del 2021: Humo en el área

12:48 p.m. - El humo en los valles de Eagle River y Roaring Fork se debe en gran parte a incendios forestales fuera del estado, localizados en Texas y Nuevo México. El pequeño incendio forestal cerca de Red Hill en Gypsum no es la causa principal y está siendo contenido. Cottonwood Pass está cerrado actualmente por seguridad. Por favor, manténgase en espacios interiores si sufre de sensibilidad al humo o alguna enfermedad pulmonar. Obtenga más información sobre la calidad local del aire en la página de de la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA, por sus siglas en inglés), https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrr/HRRRsmoke/. Para obtener más actualizaciones diríjase a la página de Facebook, www.facebook.com/EagleCountyWildland.