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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.


Friday, September 10, 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) 

                               

#SylvanFire information:

Forest Service lifts Sylvan Fire closure

 

EAGLE, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2021) – Today the White River National Forest lifted the closure for the Sylvan Fire.

 

The Sylvan Fire has not been active or grown in more than a month. It remains 3,792 acres and 90 percent contained. The remaining uncontained perimeter is on the rugged south side that firefighters have not accessed from the ground.

 

“People planning to visit the area should be aware that there is an increased risk of falling trees and rocks, debris flow, and flooding after a wildfire,” said Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Leanne Veldhuis.

 

Crews are currently working to repair firelines and will continue to monitor the area. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin evaluating the burned area next week.

 

Additional information about the Sylvan Fire is available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7562/. Additional information about the White River National Forest is available at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.

 

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MAPS / MAPAS: MAP / Fire/Evacuation area Information CLICK HERE: 
MAPA / Incendio / 脕rea de evacuaci贸n Informaci贸n HAGA CLIC AQU脥

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

Fire Information Facebook pages / P谩ginas en Facebook con informaci贸n del incendio: https://www.facebook.com/SylvanFireInformation
https://www.facebook.com/MiSaludMiCharco

Info Line / L铆nea de informaci贸n: (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 谩rea afectada por el fuego, comun铆quese 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 P煤blica y Medio Ambiente de Colorado emiti贸 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 est谩n disponibles en fire.airnow.gov.

 

#SlowDownMoveOver for emergency vehicles / #SlowDownMoveOver para veh铆culos de emergencia

Thursday, July 15, 2021

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.



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 谩rea

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 M茅xico. El peque帽o incendio forestal cerca de Red Hill en Gypsum no es la causa principal y est谩 siendo contenido. Cottonwood Pass est谩 cerrado actualmente por seguridad. Por favor, mant茅ngase en espacios interiores si sufre de sensibilidad al humo o alguna enfermedad pulmonar. Obtenga m谩s informaci贸n sobre la calidad local del aire en la p谩gina de de la Administraci贸n Nacional Oce谩nica y Atmosf茅rica (NOAA, por sus siglas en ingl茅s), https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrr/HRRRsmoke/. Para obtener m谩s actualizaciones dir铆jase a la p谩gina de Facebook, www.facebook.com/EagleCountyWildland.




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.



RECORDATORIO: Empezando el d铆a primero de febrero del a帽o 2021, los mensajes de alerta del condado de Eagle “EC Alert” dejaran de ser enviados por medio de mensaje de texto para todos los mensajes que no son de emergencia. Estos mensajes ahora ser谩n enviados por medio de la aplicaci贸n de Everbridge y por correo electr贸nico. La aplicaci贸n de Everbridge es gratuita y est谩 disponible para dispositivos m贸viles Android y Apple.

Los mensajes sin emergencia incluyen alertas de tr谩fico, alertas de 谩rea, alertas a negocios, y advertencia de bandera roja.

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

Si usted olvida su nombre de usuario o contrase帽a, la puede recuperar en el sitio web www.ecalert.org. Tambi茅n puede iniciar sesi贸n en cualquier momento para cambiar su suscripci贸n, cambiar su n煤mero telef贸nico y actualizar la direcci贸n para el sistema de alerta de emergencia.

Usted aun recibir谩 mensajes de emergencia como aviso de evacuaci贸n en todos los formatos que ya recibe ahora, adicionalmente a la aplicaci贸n de Everbridge.