Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority
UPDATE 2.8.24, 8:32 a.m. – Today at 8:43 AM, Google reported a 5 min delay Eastbound. Between Exit 119: No Name and Exit 121: Grizzly Creek (1 mile east of No Name) from Mile Point 120 to Mile Point 120.5. The left lane is closed due to a crash. Slower speeds are advised.
2.8.24, 6:25 a.m. – I-70 is closed at mile-marker 116 eastbound, main Glenwood exit, due to an accident in Glenwood Canyon.
12.8.23, 2:41 p.m. – Between exit 114: West Glenwood (Glenwood Springs) and Exit 129: Bair Ranch (7 miles west of Dotsero) from Mile Point 116 to Mile Point 126. Road closed expect delays due to a crash.
Comment: Pileup eastbound at Hanging Lake Tunnel. I-70 closed at Glenwood Springs.
Check CDOT cotrip for closures for updates when traveling.
12-8-23, 12:50 p.m. – Comment:At least 18 vehicles involved in pileup.
12-8-23, 11:13 a.m. – Interstate 70 is closed westbound between Exit 72: West Parachute (2 miles west of Parachute) and Exit 62: De Beque (De Beque) from Mile Point 72 to Mile Point 62. Road closed expect delays due to a crash.
I-70 through Glenwood Springs is completely open now. The collision scene has been cleared. Travel cautiously in the current severe weather conditions.
Colorado Department of Transportation
12-8-23, 11:39 a.m. – At Exit 114: West Glenwood (Glenwood Springs) at Mile Point 114.2. Road closed expect delays due to a crash. Slower speeds are advised.
Comment: Eastbound traffic being diverted around crash using the Exit 114 off-ramp and on-ramp.
12-8-23, 10:49 a.m. – Interstate 70 is closed in both directions in South Canyon between Exit 114: West Glenwood and Exit 111: South Canyon (Glenwood Springs) at Mile Point 114. Road closed expect delays due to a crash. Slower speeds are advised.
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Morissania Mesa Fire Management returned to the Grand Valley Fire Protection District
10.3.23, 7:40 p.m. – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Containment of the Morrisania Mesa Fire stands at 85% as of this evening. During the fire, which started Saturday evening September 30, one house was lost at 2879 County Road 301 and one large shop, both owned by the same family.
Incident Commander Chris Bornholdt with Garfield County Emergency Services will be turning control and management of the fire back over to the Grand Valley Fire Protection District as of midnight tonight. The County assumed control and management of the fire Saturday night through Emergency Services Commander Bornholdt. It was determined that the rapid growth of the fire would require additional resources and people power on the ground and in the air. The county stepped up in this instance because the resources that would be needed are not readily available to local districts or are cost prohibitive. The final goal was to minimize the spread of the fire and protect property and residents in the area.
In the final analysis, the fire turned out to be 61 acres, not the originally estimated 100 acres. Grand River Fire District will monitor the fire until it can be categorized as 100% contained.
This will be the final press release from Garfield County concerning the Morissania Mesa Fire. Thanks to all who assisted and to the residents of Garfield County for their cooperation and assistance in this matter.
Morrisania Mesa (Rulison) Fire update
10.3.23, 10:01 a.m. – As of Monday evening October 2, 2023, the Morrisania Fire is 75% contained. All evacuation orders have been lifted, but residents in the area still need to be on high alert.
The road closures have been lifted as of this Tuesday Morning October 3, but please stay out of the area, as fire equipment is still moving around working the fire. Residents are free to move their livestock back into the area today.
There has been no fire growth over the past couple days. The fire is estimated at 100 acres, we will have numbers that are more accurate this afternoon.
There are 15 firefighters working the fire today and checking for hot spots. Today’s teams include the Rocky Mountain National Park MOD 32, Grand Valley Fire Protection District and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the residents of Garfield County for their continued cooperation in this matter and their support of all our first responders.
Residence Lost in Rulison Fire at 2879 County Road 301
10.1.23, 6:40 p.m. – On Saturday evening, Sept. 30, 2023, several fires started in Garfield County due to lightning strikes. Most of the fires were limited in scope to a single tree and/or the area immediately surrounding the tree. One fire began near the 3-mile mark on CR 301 near Rulison. Some residents lost power and others were directed to evacuate due to the proximity of their residences to the fire.
Grand Valley Fire Protection District Fire responded immediately and worked to protect existing structures and properties as well as assure the safety of the residents. Unfortunately, one home was lost as the firefighters were forced to withdraw due to the intensity of the blaze.
By early Sunday morning, at 12:30 a.m., deputies were clearing the area. Two unmanned road closures, one at the intersections of County Road 301 and CR 309 and a second closure at the intersection of CR 301 and CR 355. The Garfield County Fairgrounds were made available to residents to receive any livestock or other animals from the area that needed to be housed until the fire could be contained.
A briefing was held on Sunday at 7 a.m. Mutual aid came from several sources including Colorado River Fire Rescue, De Beque Fire, the Vail Fire Department, Interagency Fire, the Greater Eagle Fire District, Carbondale Fire, and Aspen Fire.
Air resources were ordered by Incident Commander Chris Bornholdt. Various airdrops were made beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday with the idea to minimize the spread of the fire by establishing a perimeter.
By 4 p.m. Sunday, it was reported that the area residents have been down-graded to a “pre-evacuation” status meaning residents could be at home but should be prepared to evacuate on short notice should conditions change. The fire is currently at approximately 100 acres and holding. There is 0% containment at this time with 102 firefighters on scene between ground and aircrews.
Grand Valley Fire Protection District
10.1.23, 10:03 am – The fire is currently approximately 200 acres. We have a multitude of ground resources en route. Operations are unified command with Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Two helicopters are currently flying overhead. Please limit traffic on County Road 301 and County Road 309. Evacuation orders are also still in place between County Road 301 and 309. We will post updates as often as possible with new information. Grand Valley Fire Protection District facebook
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
9.30.23, 9:53 pm – Lightning strike resulting in fire on Morrisania Mesa (County Road 301 at mile marker 3). Please stay away from this area and let the first responders do their job. Garfield County Fairgrounds is open to animals displaced by the fire. Garfield County Sheriff’s Office facebook
9.24.23, 10:26 am – Glenwood Springs, Colorado – The prompt and coordinated efforts of multiple agencies successfully prevented the Mountain Shadows Fire from causing damage to nearby residential structures. As a result, residents were able to safely return to their homes after being evacuated due to the brush fire.
At approximately 1:33 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire in West Glenwood. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered an active blaze covering an acre of land, accompanied by heavy smoke. The fire was being pushed towards the east by strong westerly winds. Firefighters swiftly identified structures at risk and collaborated with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office to address evacuation concerns, all while actively fighting the fire. Thanks to the efforts of the Garfield County Sheriff, threatened structures were safely evacuated.
Securing the fire line closest to the residential area was a priority for the firefighters. Their successful efforts in doing so allowed for the lifting of evacuation orders before evening.
The current size of the fire is approximately 4. 5 acres. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department monitored the fire throughout the night and will continue mop-up operations today.
According to Incident Commander Jesse Hood, “Quick action from initial attack and mutual aid resources were paramount in the suppression of this fire. The utilization of air resources gave command insight into fire behavior and helicopter bucket drops cooled hot spots so ground crews could access and extinguish as the terrain was steep.”
In response to the incident, a total of 5 engines, 1 water tender, 1 command vehicle, 2 investigation vehicles, a Chinook helicopter, a multi-mission aircraft, air attack, and two ambulances, along with over 30 firefighters, were deployed from Colorado River Fire Rescue, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, Roaring Fork Fire Authority, and the Upper Colorado Fire Management Unit. Additionally, the Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood Springs Police Department, and Glenwood Electric all responded to this incident. The water supply for the Chinook helicopter was provided by Storm King Ranch. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is immensely grateful for the response from these partner agencies.
No injuries have been reported at this time.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Team, in collaboration with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.