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Monday, September 28, 2020

Alkali Creek Fire in the area of milemarker 4 on Hwy 131


12:30pm: Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, ERFPD, Gypsum Fire Protection District, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol, and the U.S. Forest Service - White River National Forest are responding to a wildland-urban interface fire, Alkali Creek Fire, on Highway 131 near Four Eagle Ranch. Please avoid the area and #SlowDownMoveOver for emergency responders. No need to call 911 to report smoke.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: Hwy 131 is closed between Hwy 6 and the Trough Rd. Air resources have been requested. The fire is reported at approximately 10 acres and is burning in sage, pinon, and juniper. Gusty winds are creating erratic fire behavior.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Horse Mountain subdivision has been placed on pre-evacuation status. Residents in the area should be prepared to leave immediately if told to do so. If you feel unsafe; leave. Do not wait to be told to evacuate.

UPDATE 1:15 p.m.: 1 helicopter is on scene. 2 single-engine air tankers (SEATs) and a large air tanker (LAT) are en route to assist ground crews.

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: The fire has been named the Alkali Creek Fire. We are aware that smoke is visible from the Beard Creek/Singletree area. Please do not call 911 to report.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Eagle County Emergency Management has created a map of the fire perimeter and the approximate area of evacuations: The map is available here

UPDATE 3:00 p.m.: Evacuating Muddy Pass Rd (hunters & campers) up to MP 5. BLM land is being evacuated up to the National Forest Service land.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: The #AlkaliCreekFire is currently being reported at 100 acres, with 0% containment. A Red Flag warning is in effect until 8:00pm this evening. A Red Flag warning has also been issued from noon to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow.

UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: HWY 131 re-opening, from Hwy 6 to Trough Rd. is safe to resume normal traffic. PRE-EVAC still in effect for Horse Mountain and Muddy Pass areas. #SlowDownMoveOver Please use caution as fire vehicles remain in the area.

09.26.20 UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Everything was calm on the #AlkaliCreekFire overnight. 4 Eagle Ranch & BLM lands have been moved to pre-evacuation status. All existing pre-evacuation areas including Horse Mtn Ranch will stay in place for the day. Please drive with caution, and watch for firefighters and equipment in the area. For more information, use #AlkaliCreekFire

NEWS RELEASE  September 26, 2020 

4 Eagle Fire 121 acres, 75% contained 

WOLCOTT, Colo. – The 4 Eagle Fire, previously called the Alkali Creek Fire, ignited on private land as a structure fire yesterday, spilling over onto the Bureau of Land Management public lands. The fire was quickly fanned by red flag conditions, growing to 121 acres. It is burning in grass and brush off of Colorado Highway 131 north of Wolcott. 

Multiple agencies quickly responded with fire engines, also calling in for air support. Two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and one Large Air Tanker (LAT) laid down retardant lines, while two helicopters (one Type 1 and one Type 3) dropped water to cool the heat, slowing the fire’s advance. Fire activity calmed overnight with cooler temperatures and increased humidity. 

Two Forest Service engines are assigned to work the fire today and will order air support if it becomes needed. Crews will seek out and extinguish remaining pockets of heat and work to secure the fire perimeter today and in the coming days. 

Today, highs will be in the upper 70s, with west winds from 15 to 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph, and relative humidity between 10 – 15%. A red flag warning is in effect from noon until 8:00 p.m. due to low relative humidity and windy conditions that tend to promote extreme fire behavior. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands in Eagle County. To learn more about fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in northwest Colorado, visit BLM's Northwest District Fire and Aviation webpage. 

9/26/20 UPDATE: 7:00 p.m.

4 Eagle Fire holds at 113 acres, now 100% contained

WOLCOTT, Colo. – Thanks to the quick response from multiple partner agencies and light grass and sagebrush fuels, the 4 Eagle Fire is 100% contained at 113 acres. Slightly reduced acreage is a result of more accurate mapping today. Eagle County has lifted the pre-evacuation notice that was put into place yesterday. The Type 4 organization transferred command of 4 Eagle Fire to a Type 5 organization at 7:00 this evening.

Five engine crews worked the fire today monitoring for evidence of continued fire activity. They worked a grid along the entire fire perimeter, finding no residual heat or smoke. A red flag warning is forecasted again tomorrow, and firefighters will monitor the 4 Eagle Fire for any further fire activity.

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Contact: Maribeth Pecotte, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 724-3027 

UPDATE: 9.28.20 

4 Eagle Fire declared controlled

WOLCOTT, Colo. – The 4 Eagle Fire was declared controlled at 6:00 this evening. It will be placed in patrol status for local resources to check on daily.

“Crewmembers of Rio Grande Engine 671 have worked the fire for the past two days monitoring for evidence of continued fire activity,” said Incident Commander trainee, Hunter Dennis. “We hiked the entire perimeter and checked the spot at the top of the hill and found no evidence of heat or smoke anywhere within the fire area.”

Fire managers are very pleased with the interagency cooperation resulting in quick resolution and a positive outcome.

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on BLM lands in Eagle County. To learn more about fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in northwest Colorado, visit BLM's Northwest District Fire and Aviation webpage.

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Tuesday, September 22, 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
View Media Release HERE  *Please reference the 'Stage 1' Flyer and 'Exhibit A' images below. 

NOTE: The State of Colorado announced extended fire restrictions beginning September 18, 2020, and declares that conditions of extreme fire hazard exist and order temporary fire restrictions in the state of Colorado to reduce the risk of new fires. Read Governor's executive order HERE
👉We (Eagle County) amend our stage 1 restrictions that say stage 1 as outline except to be in compliance with current state restrictions, private fire pits, and professional fireworks are not allowed.

Per the original Colorado Executive Order and the FAQ sheet, the above two mentions are still banned under the statewide restrictions.
👉All details pertaining to the State of Colorado's orders can be found: HERE
👉Local and federal entities may impose more restrictive requirements as they see fit.  You are required to adhere to those more restrictive requirements as implemented. 
✅Check with your local municipality for specific restrictions.

The BLM (Bureau of LandManagment) and USFS (United States Forest Service) lands in Eagle County have enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective on Friday, September 18, 2020.

🚩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.