Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
3:42 p.m. MDT Tues, Aug. 16 2022

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a Flash Flood Warning for The Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area in Southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado North Central Mesa County in west central Colorado Until 8:00 PM MDT.

* At 3:42 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around
the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include… mainly rural areas of Southwestern Garfield and North Central Mesa Counties

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area

Garco911, NWS: I-70 reopened; flash flood warning expires, flash flood watch until midnight

8.15.22, 9:37 pm – I-70 is open between mile markers 133 – 116 westbound; Glenwood Canyon open both directions from Dotsero to Glenwood Springs.

8.15.22, 8:36 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15. As of 6:00 p.m., the warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley

A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route. 

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8.15.22, 8:34 am – I-70 is open at 116 eastbound, Glenwood Springs, westbound at Dotsero is still closed.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
736 PM MDT Mon Aug 15 2022

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…

  • WHAT…Flash flooding and debris flows caused by excessive rainfall are possible over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.
  • WHERE…Portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.
  • WHEN…Until Midnight MDT tonight.
  • IMPACTS…Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area is expected up to and during the period of the watch. Residents near the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area should prepare for potential
    flooding impacts. Be sure to stay up to date with information from local authorities. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding, and debris flows in and near recent wildfire burn scars.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Colorado Department of Transportation

8.15.22, 6 pm – STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 15. As of 6:00 p.m., the warning is in effect until 8:00 p.m. Eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133), with a second closure point for westbound traffic at Eagle (exit 140). Eagle County residents will still have access to locations between exits 133 and 140 by using US Highway 6. On the west side of the canyon, motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley

A safety closure of I-70 is necessary as part of safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route. 

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8.15.22, 5:18 pm – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, Glenwood Springs to Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

8.15.22, 5:20 pm – Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
520 PM MDT Mon Aug 15 2022

Map of flash flood warning area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Warning for…
    Southeastern Garfield County in west central Colorado…
    North Central Gunnison County in west central Colorado…
    Northwestern Pitkin County in west central Colorado…
  • Until 830 PM MDT.
  • At 520 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.25 to 0.75
    inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

  • Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Carbondale, Marble and Redstone.

This includes the following highways…Colorado 133 between mile markers 43 and 66.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Flooding is occurring or is imminent. It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.

Garco911, NWS: I-70 reopened; flash flood warning expires, flash flood watch until midnight

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire area in South Central Garfield County 

Radar valid at 2:27 pm MDT, August 15, 2022

Flash Flood Warning

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
2:05 PM MDT Monday, Aug 15, 2022

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
South Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…
Northern Mesa County in west central Colorado…

* Until 400 PM MDT.

* At 205 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Between 0.4 and 0.8 inches of
rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin
shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow
moving through the North and South Dry Fork Creek and Kimball Creeks
to Roan Creek. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation
and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms
producing flash flooding.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams,
urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…
De Beque.

This includes the following streams and drainages…
Middle Dry Fork, Dry Fork Roan Creek, Kimball Creek, North Dry Fork

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Move away from recently burned areas. Life-threatening flooding of
creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely. The heavy rains
will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep
terrain, especially in and around these areas.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

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LAT…LON 3941 10863 3942 10863 3948 10856 3946 10833
3949 10828 3939 10827 3942 10824 3940 10820
3937 10826 3938 10821 3932 10821 3934 10830
3937 10830 3933 10838 3936 10841 3932 10841
3931 10844 3935 10845 3934 10852

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED
FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire area in South Central Garfield County 

GARCO911 and CDOT: I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon; flash flood watch remains

Colorado Department of Transportation

8.14.22, 10:00 pm – The National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for I-70 Glenwood Canyon has been lifted, and I-70 is open. Motorists should continue to check weather conditions before traveling through the area. A Flash Flood Watch continues to be in place.

8.14.22, 6:45 pmSafety closure in place between exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) and exit 133 (Dotsero)
STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar and Glenwood Canyon. The warning was announced by the National Weather Service at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14. As of 6:30 p.m., the warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Like previous safety closures this summer, eastbound and westbound I-70 are closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133). The safety closure is part of CDOT’s safety protocol to protect the traveling public from flash floods and mudslides in Glenwood Canyon. Motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Motorists should monitor weather alerts to see when the Flash Flood Warning ends. The safety closure will continue to be in place until the Flash Flood Warning is lifted. The closure may stay in effect if weather conditions are unpredictable or if flash floods occur.

Motorists should use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app to plan an alternate route. The northern alternate route on US Highway 40 is recommended for most motorists. The northern alternate route will require approximately 2.5 hours additional travel time to reach your destination, compared to traveling on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area can reach the northern route via US Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131. (When detouring north onto CO 9, motorists should anticipate construction at exit 205 in Silverthorne.) Travelers can then continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (exit 90). For eastbound I-70 motorists, a traffic control point is in place at eastbound West Rifle (exit 87) to guide motorists to the northern alternate route. Motorists continue to have access to Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Before detouring onto any alternate route, motorists should refer to www.cotrip.org for the latest road conditions. By traveling on the recommended alternate route, motorists can avoid major delays caused by rough roads and other hazards.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8.14.22, 6:17 pm: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 131 both directions, Glenwood Springs canyon, due to a flash flood warning.

GARCO911 and CDOT: I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon; flash flood watch remains

GSFD: Fire near homeless camp contained

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

8.4.22, 1:19 pmGlenwood Springs Fire Department personnel responded to small wildland fire above Walmart in Glenwood Springs today. Crews quickly responded and were able to contain the fire to 1/10 of an acre. The fire was burning near a homeless camp, which is why there was a small propane explosion. The fire was contained in about 40 minutes. Mutual aid was received from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Glenwood Springs Police Dept, and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado.

Expect to see crews in the area for a little longer while the fire is mopped up.

GSFD: Fire near homeless camp contained

NWS/Garco911/CDOT: Flash flood warning for Grizzly Creek burn area ended, Glenwood Canyon reopened

Garco911

7.24.22, 8:38 pm – I-70 is open between mile markers 116-131 both directions, Glenwood Canyon.

Colorado Department of Transportation

UPDATE – 8:30 p.m. (7/24) – The National Weather Service Flash Flood Warning for I-70 Glenwood Canyon has been lifted and I-70 is open.

7.24.22, 7:08 p.m. – A safety closure is in place for #I70 in #GlenwoodCanyon, due to a Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek burn area.

Closure points for westbound travelers are from Exit 133 (Dotsero) to Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Closure points for eastbound travelers are from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 109 (Canyon Creek).

NOTE: All updates will post to COtrip.org.

Motorists are asked to use COtrip.org or CDOT’s free COtrip Planner mobile app for planning an alternate route around the I-70 closure.

The closure will last as long as the Flash Flood Warning. If a debris flow or mudslide occurs during the warning, I-70 will be closed for a longer period of time.

Garco911

7.24.22, 6:48 p.m. – I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116-131 both directions, Glenwood Springs/Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

6:30 PM MDT Sun Jul 24 2022

Map of warning area
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
The Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in…
Western Eagle County in west central Colorado…
East Central Garfield County in west central Colorado…

* Until 8:30 PM MDT.

* At 6:30 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can
also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS/Garco911/CDOT: Flash flood warning for Grizzly Creek burn area ended, Glenwood Canyon reopened

GCSO: Fire contained in Battlement Mesa

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

7.22.22, 8:29 pm – Shortly before 3:00 pm, Friday, March 22, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire near 32 Green Mesa Place in Battlement Mesa, CO. The fire quickly spread through the brush and threatened three neighborhoods, including houses on Green Mesa Place, Riverview Place and River Bluff Road.

Residents in those areas were asked to evacuate and instructed to meet at the Community Park behind the Battlement Mesa Medical Center for further instructions and updates. The neighborhoods were closed to entry or re-entry until approximately 4:30 pm, when it was decided that the fire was under control and people could safely return to their homes.

With the quick response of firefighters and law enforcement officers, no lives or structures were lost and property damage was kept to a minimum. Residents of River Bluff Road were allowed to return to their homes while those on Green Mesa Place and Riverview Place were allowed to walk-in only while fire crews continued their mop up operations. Several fire hoses were laid out in the area and would need to be retrieved before normal traffic could resume.

Grand Valley Fire will continue to monitor the area throughout the night as mop up efforts continue.

Some damage to neighborhood fences, as well as power line poles occurred. Holy Cross arrived on scene to assess the damage. Shortly after 5:00 pm, all power was restored to the neighborhoods.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the residents of Battlement Mesa who brought water, ice and food to the first responders. We would also like to thank other first responders, including Grand Valley Fire, Debeque Fire, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Interagency Fire, the Parachute Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, the United States Forest Service and all others who played a role in bringing this incident to a rapid conclusion with minimum property losses.

7.22.22, 4:37 pm – Update on fire at Green Mesa in Parachute.

Opening up all residential areas, EXCEPT for Riverview and Green Mesa. Foot traffic only in these areas please.

No houses were lost, some fences and electrical poles were damaged. Holy Cross is also on scene inspecting the poles.

Footage from earlier

7.22.22, 3:20 pm – Evacuation Point is at Battlement Mesa Community Park
Fire at 32 Green Mesa Pl Parachute. Homes in area being evacuated. Please avoid area.

GCSO: Fire contained in Battlement Mesa

NWS: Flash flood warning – Lake Christine burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
452 PM MDT Wed Jul 20 2022

Map of warning area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Warning for…
    The Lake Christine Fire Burn Area in…
    Southwestern Eagle County in west central Colorado…
    Eastern Garfield County in west central Colorado…
    Northwestern Pitkin County in west central Colorado…
  • Until 545 PM MDT.
  • At 452 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
    heavy rain over the Lake Christine Fire Burn Area. Between 0.3 and
    0.5 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or
    expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the burn scar into El Jebel as well as across Fryingpan Road north of Basalt. Runoff and debris flows will also impact Cattle Creek. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Lake
Christine Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Lake Christine Fire Burn Area.

  • Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…Basalt, Emma and El Jebel.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Lake Christine Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash flood warning – Lake Christine burn area

NWS: Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area

The National Weather Service

July 19, 2022, 4:34 p.m. – The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Warning for…
    The Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area in…
    Southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado…
    North Central Mesa County in west central Colorado…
  • Until 6:30 p.m. MDT.
  • At 4:34 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
    heavy rain over the eastern Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area along the
    Kimball Creek drainage. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to
    begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Life-threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the eastern Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life-threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

  • Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…
    mainly rural areas of Southwestern Garfield and North Central Mesa
    Counties

This includes the following streams and drainages… Roan Creek and Kimball Creek.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life-threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch burn area