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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Red Dirt Cliff Fire

Updates on the Red Dirt Cliff Fire, which started on July 29 and is burning 5 miles southwest of Burns, are being posted to:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

911 Service Restored

6:45 AM 7/16 UPDATE: Good morning! Per CenturyLink, they have repaired the fiber cut, and the widespread phone outage has been fixed. The phone lines, including 911, are back in service.

Monday, July 15, 2019

911 Emergency Services Update

840PM Update: Citizens in Eagle County can call 970-477-5270 for emergent or non-emergent police, fire, and EMS needs. Text to 911 is still available. Please only call if you need assistance. No estimated time for phone restoration.

911 Service Impacted by Phone Outage

Update: 5 p.m. Monday, July 15. Due to widespread phone outage in Eagle County, if you need emergency assistance and cannot call 911, you can text to 911, call Pitkin County Dispatch at 970-920-5310, or go to your nearest fire/ EMS/ police station.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Suspect Faces Numerous Charges Following Incident in Vail

Evan E. Reichert, 33, of Denver, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated motor vehicle theft, first degree kidnapping, felony menacing, numerous burglary charges, assault, trespassing and other charges related to the incident at Vail Marriott Mountain Residences on July 5 at 8:20 p.m.

Reichert is accused of stealing a 2019 Chevrolet Suburban from a valet at knifepoint. He quickly crashed the vehicle and fled the scene.  Reichert was taken into custody at 10:30 p.m. and is currently being held at the Eagle County Detentions Facility.

The Vail Police Department is still seeking witnesses or potential victims of crimes related to this incident. If you have any information pertaining to this incident or are a victim of a crime relating to this incident, please call the Vail Police at 970-479-2201.

The Police Department would like to thank the staff of the Marriott and Ritz properties for their quick and valuable assistance during this evolving incident.  The department would also like to apologize to all of the guests in the area that were impacted by this incident.

Note: All individuals are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

Evan E. Reichert


Suspect Apprehended Following Incident in Vail

At 8:20 p.m. Friday, July 5, the Vail Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call of a stolen vehicle at the Marriott Mountain Residence, 715 W. Lionshead Circle, which was taken from a valet at knife point.  Officers arrived on scene and a brief chase of the 2019 Chevy SUV ensued.  The suspect, later identified as Evan E. Reichert, 33, of Denver, crashed the SUV into a fence at the rear of the Ritz Carlton, near Forest Road and the South Frontage Road.  As officers then chased Reichert on foot, he ran back into the Marriott where they lost contact with him.  A search of the Marriott was undertaken and Reichert was found at the rear of the Marriott near Gore Creek at 10:30 p.m.  Guests of the Marriott were asked to stay in their rooms or wait for the search to be completed. After the suspect was apprehended, all guests were able to return to the hotel.

Officers, deputies and troopers from the Vail and Avon Police Department, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and 5D Security participated in the search and arrest.  The Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Vail Fire and Eagle County Paramedic Services all assisted.

The investigation is continuing and charges are being determined at this time. 
Contact: Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger, 970-479-2218.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Responders to remain vigilant during high water

Video of River Levels on July 1, 2019

Sandbag Location Map

Emergency responders will be out and about tonight as concerns about high water continue. River levels are expected to remain high through Thursday for Turkey Creek, Gore Creek and the Eagle River. Thunderstorms could cause higher peak flows, with a 60% chance of thunderstorms tonight and an equal or slightly less chance tomorrow, decreasing later in the week.

Eagle River Fire Protection District crews are performing patrols of local waterways, and will respond to issues as needed.

Officials from the Town of Vail will continue monitoring the water for the next few nights. The town has replenished sand and bag supplies for residents to last a few more days.

Eagle County Road & Bridge and Town of Gypsum have replenished sand and bags at the county’s Maintenance Service Center in Gypsum.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has provided sandbag support through an inmate crew. Deputies are monitoring crossings and have closed the South Forty pedestrian bridge in Edwards.

Greater Eagle Fire is working with the Town of Eagle to help educate the public regarding safe use of the Eagle River Park. Visitors to the area may not realize water levels are not typical. Large debris in the water and obstacles downriver can be hazardous.

The Town of Minturn has created a sandbag barrier along the road at Little Beach Park.

Red Cliff officials are coordinating sandbag efforts along Turkey Creek and are monitoring potential threats to utilities along the town’s bridges.

Community members are reminded to be cautious around river banks and to report any unsafe river conditions to the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201 in the Eagle Valley or the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center at 970-920-5310 in the Roaring Fork Valley. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

High river flows across Eagle County

Due to heavy evening rain on June 30, after a few days of warmer weather, rivers and creeks in Eagle County are running high and are full of large debris. Community members are asked to be cautious around river banks and are asked to report any unsafe river conditions such as strainers, i.e. trees or other large objects across the river; blocked culverts; damaged bridges or other issues to the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201 in the Eagle Valley or the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Dispatch Center at 970-920-5310 in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Sandbag locations, flood maps, and other information can be found on the Eagle County website at

Debido a la lluvia de la noche anterior y a unos días de un clima más cálido, los ríos y arroyos en el Condado de Eagle están con una corriente alta por lo tanto están llenos de escombros grandes. Se les pide a los miembros de la comunidad que sean cautelosos en las orillas de los ríos. Y tambien se les pide que por favor informen sobre cualquier condición insegura del río, como coladores, es decir, árboles u otros objetos grandes a través del río; alcantarillas bloqueadas; puentes dañados u otros problemas al Centro de Comunicaciones de Seguridad Pública de Vail al 970-479-2201 en Eagle Valley o al Centro Regional de Despacho de Emergencias del Condado de Pitkin al 970-920-5310 en Roaring Fork Valley.

Puede encontrar ubicaciones de bolsas de arena, mapas de inundaciones y otra información en el sitio web del Condado de Eagle en

Current river conditions can be found at:
Direct: Gore Creek flow in Vail (West Lionshead)
Direct: Eagle River flow at Red Cliff
Direct: Eagle River flow at Avon
Direct: Eagle River flow at Gypsum
Direct: Frying Pan River near Thomasville