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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Eagle County Fire Restriction Info


BE PREPARED: When a RED FLAG WARNING is issued,
additional Fire Restrictions will apply!

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will begin on Friday, September 18, 2020, for all unincorporated areas of Eagle County and will remain in effect until further notice
The BLM (Bureau of LandManagment) and USFS (United States Forest Service) lands in Eagle County will also be enacting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions at the same time. 

✅Check with your local municipality for specific restrictions.

🚩Any time a RED FLAG WARNING is issued, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be in effect for Eagle County as issued by the National Weather Service without any further action by the Sheriff.  

ALL hot work requires a permit from a local fire authority.

💥🧨Fireworks are always banned on public lands and are not allowed under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. No explosive targets or incendiary (tracer) rounds. These are never allowed on Federal lands.

**SCROLL DOWN to view Fire Stage flyers and interactive map**

⛅The NWS (National Weather Service) will announce a Red Flag Warning as issued for weather events which 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. 

⚠The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents and visitors to take personal responsibility and prepare before a wild-land fire occurs.

A Reminder to Be Prepared for additional Fire Restrictions During RED FLAG WARNINGS in Eagle County  View Media Release HERE

This information is in effect until further notice. 


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

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. 

*To view new table, click on the image at the bottom of the page below

Details regarding each type of fire restriction stage appear below the map on this page.


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 sound pointed shovel at least 35” long. Both must be readily available for use.
Complete Fire Ban = Black

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

All Pre-evacuation Orders Lifted in Eagle County | Se levantan todas las órdenes de pre-evacuación en el condado de Eagle

The pre-evacuation orders for the areas of Coulture Creek and Buck Point Drive due to the Grizzly Creek Fire have been lifted as of noon on Sept. 2. There are no other pre-evacuation orders in place for Eagle County. Coffee Pot Road remains closed to public, non-residential access. 

Grizzly Creek Fire information:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942
https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO/

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Las órdenes de pre-evacuación para las áreas de Coulture Creek y Buck Point Drive implementadas debido al incendio de Grizzly Creek, se levantaron a partir del mediodía del 2 de septiembre. No hay otras órdenes de pre-evacuación en vigencia para el condado de Eagle. Coffee Pot Road permanece cerrada al público y sin acceso para personas que no residen en el área. 

Información sobre el Incendio de Grizzly Creek: 
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942 
https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO/


Monday, August 24, 2020

Restrictions lifted for Cottonwood Pass | Se levantan las restricciones para el Pase de Cottonwood

Cottonwood Pass is opening up with no additional restrictions effective immediately as of 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. This is due to this morning’s reopening of I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. As always, large vehicles should not travel through Cottonwood Pass. 


On Sunday, Aug. 23, Cottonwood Pass had been reopened for critical, local passenger vehicle traffic only. Nearly 250 requests were processed between Sunday and Monday morning for authorized use of the pass.


Should I-70 close in the future, access to Cottonwood Pass will be re-evaluated.  


For additional details on travel information, visit www.cotrip.org

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Cottonwood Pass se abre sin restricciones adicionales con efecto inmediato a partir de las 2 p.m. del lunes 24 de agosto. Esto se debe a la reapertura de la autopista I-70 esta mañana entre Glenwood Springs y Gypsum. Como siempre, los vehículos grandes no deben pasar por Cottonwood Pass.


El domingo 23 de agosto, Cottonwood Pass había sido reabierto solo para el tráfico de vehículos de pasajeros locales y con asuntos críticos. Se procesaron casi 250 solicitudes entre el domingo y el lunes por la mañana para el uso autorizado del pase.


Si la I-70 se cierra en el futuro, se volverá a evaluar el acceso a Cottonwood Pass.


Para obtener detalles adicionales sobre información relacionado a los viajes, visite www.cotrip.org




I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and CO 82 Independence Pass are open | I-70 en Glenwood Canyon y CO 82 Independence Pass están abierto

Colorado Department of Transportation is announcing I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and CO 82 Independence Pass are open.

I-70 is open between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. Please prepare for lower speed limits, don't stop, rest areas are closed, probable closures due to landslides and other events, and traffic diversions.

For updates, detours and route information, visit www.cotrip.org.

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El departamento de transporte de Colorado esta anunciando I-70 en Glenwood Canyon y CO 82 Independence Pass están abierto. 

I-70 está abierta entre Glenwood Springs y Gypsum. Por favor, prepárese para límites de velocidad más bajos, no se detenga, las áreas de descanso están cerradas, cierres probables debido a deslizamientos de tierra y otros eventos, y desvíos de tráfico.

Para obtener actualizaciones, desvíos y información sobre las rutas, visite www.cotrip.org.

CDOT announces limited reopening of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is announcing a limited reopening of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon this morning. CDOT asks that motorists prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and closures due to mudslides and other events. CDOT also urges travelers to stay focused on the road and avoid distracted driving. The I-70 closure began Monday, Aug. 10, when the Grizzly Creek Fire started burning along the interstate. The closure was located between Glenwood Springs (Mile Point 116) and Gypsum (MP 140). Wildfires in other parts of Colorado continue to affect Colorado Highways 14 and 139.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened 1-70 in Glenwood Canyon on Monday morning. Travelers will encounter a lower speed limit and should anticipate more safety closures after rains or other weather. Motorists should also plan for not being able to stop at rest areas in the canyon, due to rockfall and other hazards.

While on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, it is critical for motorists to pay attention to the roadway, and follow signage and traffic guidance through the canyon. A head-to-head detour is in place between Hanging Lake Tunnel (Mile Point MP 125) and near No Name Tunnel (MP 117.6). This detour is on the eastbound deck, and is similar to the construction detour in place this summer during the Glenwood Canyon Phase 7 project. CDOT asks motorists to plan for additional travel time due to lower speed limits in the detour and elsewhere in the canyon.

Travelers should prepare for intermittent closures on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon that are required for repairs after the Grizzly Creek Fire or if conditions in the canyon require a safety closure. Repairs include the replacement of power poles by aerial operations, which require closing the interstate. The roadway and structures along the eastbound deck have been reviewed and are safe to travel on.

Travelers are urged to pay close attention to weather forecasts. Although CDOT has carefully reviewed the hazards affecting I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, the roadway is a changing environment. Even minimal amounts of rain could trigger mudslides, debris flows or rock slides in the burn area. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Glenwood Canyon this week and could prompt a safety closure. Motorists are asked to watch the forecast closely through the weekend. CDOT has a plan in place for needed emergency closures due to rockfall, mudslides or other impacts from burn scars on the canyon walls. We have stationed personnel in the canyon to allow quick response to any events that could impact the roads. Those personnel have the equipment necessary to restrict traffic so that CDOT can safely clear the road and assess damage before reopening. CDOT is also working on plans to bolster long-term resiliency to sediment fall and avalanche.

Travelers will not be able to stop in Glenwood Canyon while traveling on I-70. Rest areas in the canyon will be closed and motorists will not be able to use exit ramps. I-70 is too narrow to allow stopped vehicles along the roadway and Colorado State Patrol troopers will assist in watching for motorists who attempt to stop. The Glenwood Canyon bike path is also closed at this time. Rafting, kayaking and other river recreation activities are not allowed on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon at this time.

CDOT will continue to monitor conditions in the canyon and will restrict traffic when necessary to maintain safety for the traveling public.