NWS: Flash flood watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area June 19

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
858 AM MDT Sun Jun 19 2022
Flash flood watch map

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM MDT THIS MORNING THROUGH 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

  • 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…From 11 AM MDT this morning through 9 PM MDT this evening.
  • IMPACTS…Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area is possible 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 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.

NWS: Flash flood watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area June 19

NWS: Flash flood watch specific to Grizzly Creek Fire burn area June 18

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
902 AM MDT Sat Jun 18 2022
Flash flood watch map

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING

  • 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. This watch is specific to the Grizzly Creek burn scar in Glenwood Canyon.
  • WHEN…From 1 PM MDT this afternoon through 10 PM MDT this evening.
  • IMPACTS…Heavy rainfall is possible over the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area 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.

NWS: Flash flood watch specific to Grizzly Creek Fire burn area June 18

GCSO: Exercise/drill planned June 29 at GVHS

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with members of Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Care Flight, Classic Air Medical, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Parachute Police Department, Garfield County Emergency Management, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital, Grand Valley High School and the Northwest Regional Healthcare Coalition will be staging an exercise on June 29, 2022.

The exercise will begin at the Grand Valley High School in Parachute, Colorado around 8:00 a.m., with the completion of all exercises on that site by 4:00 p.m. The idea is to test the reaction time, various equipment operation, interagency coordination and support in preparation for an actual emergency or incident. Such an incident could likely test all these resources.

The area immediately around the Grand Valley High School will be closed to the public during the exercise. The public will note, from a distance, the presence of various first responders and equipment including multiple Law Enforcement Agencies and EMS with their resources moving on and off the site during the drill. Activities may be intense, at times, depending on what resources are being tested.

These exercises are an important part of being prepared, should an actual incident or emergency occur. We appreciate the cooperation of the public, as well as all parties involved.

GCSO: Exercise/drill planned June 29 at GVHS

I-70 westbound and Highway 6 closures in Glenwood Springs for a fire, containment declared

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

6.14.22, 8:22 pm

115 Fire

Glenwood Springs, Colo – At 12:46 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire located along westbound I-70, near mile marker 115. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found three individual fires spaced a quarter-mile apart, burning in grass and brush on the north side of I-70.  Firefighters immediately began extinguishment efforts.  On the westernmost fire, firefighters were joined by local passerbys who contributed to extinguishment efforts with the use of their fire extinguishers.  The two eastern fires quickly merged.  The fires totaled 1 acre in size by the time they were contained, which took less than 30 minutes.

Five engines, two water trucks, and four command vehicles with 21 firefighters from Colorado River Fire Rescue, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire (UCR) assisted with this incident.  A helicopter from UCR led reconnaissance efforts.  Additionally, 15 personnel from Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff, Colorado Department of Transportation, Glenwood Springs Police Department, and City of Glenwood Springs Public Works responded to this incident.

Incident Commander, Harlan Nimmo, said, “Quick response from multiple agencies and locals stopped this fire in its tracks.  We appreciate our partners and their support.”

The Garfield County Fire Investigation Team investigated the cause of this fire and determined that sparks from chains started this fire.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

There will be no further information released.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.14.22, 3:09 pm: Hwy 6 is open at Devereux Rd and Donegan Rd both directions, Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

6.14.22, 2:53 pm: UPDATE: Fire crews have left the westbound lanes of I-70. Highway 6 is anticipated to reopen in approximately 30 minutes.

6.14.22, 1:42 pm: UPDATE: 3 individual fires totaling approximately 1 acre are now contained.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.14.22, 1:33 pm: Left lane of I-70 is open at mile-marker 116 WB, Glenwood Springs. Crews are still working in the area, please travel slowly and safely.

Colorado Department of Transportation

6.14.22, 1:31 pm: I-70 westbound: Road closed due to traffic impacts between exit 116 – Glenwood Springs/Aspen and exit 111, South Canyon. Slowed speeds advised. Small fires in area.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

6.14.22, 1:29 pm UPDATE: No evacuations have been ordered, and none are expected to be ordered for this incident.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.14.22, 1:12 pm: Hwy 6 is closed between Devereux Rd and Donegan Rd both directions, Glenwood Springs, due to a fire.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

6.14.22, 12:55 pm: We are responding to 3 reported brush fires at mile marker 115 on westbound I-70.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.14.22, 12:58 pm: I-70 is closed at mile-marker 116 Glenwood Springs WB, I70, due to a fire.

I-70 westbound and Highway 6 closures in Glenwood Springs for a fire, containment declared

GCECA, Eagle County, CDOT: I-70 reopened

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.12.22, 9:20 pm: I-70 is open at mile-marker 116 EB, Glenwood Springs.

Colorado Department of Transportation

6.12.22, 8:23 pm: Between Exit 114: West Glenwood and Exit 116: Glenwood Springs; Aspen (Glenwood Canyon) at Mile Point 116. Road closed expect delays due to traffic impacts.

6.12.22, 8:12 pm: Between Exit 129: Bair Ranch and Exit 133: Dotsero (1 mile west of Dotsero) at Mile Point 132. The right lane is closed due to traffic impacts.

Eagle County alert

6.12.22, 9:20 pm: I-70 all lanes are open, crews are clear, and fire is under control. Crews will continue to monitor as high winds are expected again tomorrow.

6.12.22, 8:20 pm: Thanks to the crews’ quick initial response to a fire along I70, it allowed for a quick attack and they have stopped forward progress.

Due to the fire being in close proximity to the freeway there was a temporary stoppage of traffic, but I-70 has since reopened. We urge vehicles to use caution if traveling in the area due to fire personnel still working on any hotspots. We are still trying to determine the cause of the fire and currently estimate the fire to be 1-2 acres in size with a low potential to spread. Thank you for everyone’s patience.

Update: (7:45 pm) – Gypsum Fire Protection District is working in unified command with BLM Colorado Fire with a good initial knockdown. The fire is holding at 1-2 acres and no homes or property are being threatened.
I70 WB is now open and crews are working to open 1 lane EB I70 soon.
Holding at 1-2 acres and not threats to homes or property
***Update on fire near Dotsero*** – I-70 Closed in both directions. 1-2 acres on BLM land. Crews are on scene.
(7:15 pm) – Developing Incident – EB I-70 closed at MP 132 in Dotsero due to wildland fire.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

6.12.22, 7:32 pm: I-70 is closed at mile-marker 116 EB, Glenwood Springs, due to a fire.

Eagle County alert

06.12.22, 7:08 pm: I-70 EB, mm 132 in Dotsero is closed due to a wildland fire.

Visit https://cotrip.org/home.htm for the most up to date road closure information.

For a map of highway mile markers (MM) please go to the following link;
https://vailgov.com/I-70_Milemarkers_EC

GCECA, Eagle County, CDOT: I-70 reopened

GCECA: Fire closes river frontage road in Silt

Colorado River Fire Rescue

Photo of fire posted by Colorado River Fire Rescue

5.23.22, 8:12 p.m. – Road reopened. Follow Colorado River Fire Rescue on facebook @ColoradoRiverFireRescue

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

5.23.22, 8:36 p.m. – River frontage road is now open at Divide Creek both directions, Silt.

5.23.22, 6:14 p.m. – River frontage road in Silt is closed at Divide Creek both directions, due to a fire.

GCECA: Fire closes river frontage road in Silt

GCECA: Hwy 13 closed due to fire

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

5.19.22, 1:10 a.m. – Highway 13 is open at Rifle River Bridge both directions, river bridge between Whiteriver Ave. and I-70.

5.18.22, 10:09 p.m. – Highway 13 is closed at Rifle River Bridge both directions, river bridge between Whiteriver Avenue and I-70, due to a fire.

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GCECA: Hwy 13 closed due to fire

CDOT: Fire in Glenwood Canyon contained

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

May 10, 4:37 pm – UPDATE on the wildfire in Glenwood Canyon. The fire is contained and crews are in mop-up mode. Crews were able to keep the fire at 1/4 acre.

Assisting agencies include Union Pacific Railroad, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit East and Central Zones, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Colorado, and Colorado River Fire Rescue.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

May 10, 3:34 pm – We are on scene of a small brush fire in Glenwood Canyon, around mile marker 122. The fire is on the south side of the river, and is roughly 1/4 acre in size. There is no threat to the public at this time.

Estamos en la escena de un pequeño incendio de maleza en Glenwood Canyon, alrededor del marcador de milla 122. El incendio está en el lado sur de la interestatal, y tiene aproximadamente 1/4 de acre de tamaño. No hay amenaza para el público en este momento.

Colorado Department of Transportation

May 10, 3:28 pm – Between Exit 121: Grizzly Creek and Exit 123: Shoshone (Glenwood Springs) at Mile Point 121.7. Fire activity, not threatening I-70. There is a right lane closure for eastbound traffic to assist emergency response to the fire.

Do not call 911 if you see smoke in this area.

CDOT: Fire in Glenwood Canyon contained

State health officials investigate a detection of H5 influenza virus in a human in Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Corrections

Person had direct contact with infected poultry; public health experts say the risk to the public is low.

April 28, 2022—The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been monitoring and testing people exposed to poultry and wild birds infected with avian flu (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, HPAI), also known as H5N1 flu. Earlier this week, a test revealed the presence of the influenza A (H5) virus in a single nasal specimen from a person who was working on a farm with infected poultry. CDC confirmed the result on April 27, 2022. Repeat testing on the person was negative for influenza. Because the person was in close contact with infected poultry, the virus may have been present in the person’s nose without causing infection.

The adult male, who is younger than 40, is largely asymptomatic, reporting only fatigue. He is now isolating and receiving the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir (tamiflu) per CDC guidance. Scientists believe that the risk to people is low as H5 flu viruses spread among wild birds and poultry. They do not normally infect humans nor spread from person to person. There are currently no known cases of this H5 flu virus spreading among people. There are no other confirmed human cases in Colorado or the United States at this time.

This positive result is due to direct exposure to infected poultry at a commercial farm in Montrose County. The person, who is an inmate at a state correctional facility in Delta County, was working with poultry as part of a pre-release employment program, where participants have the opportunity to work for private employers and be paid a prevailing wage. The affected flock has been euthanized and disposed of under the guidance of the USDA and CDA. All members of the response team, including other inmate workers, were provided personal protective equipment while working on the farm.

“We want to reassure Coloradans that the risk to them is low,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “I am grateful for the seamless collaboration between CDC, Department of Corrections, Department of Agriculture, and CDPHE, as we continue to monitor this virus and protect all Coloradans.”

While human infections of the H5 viruses are rare, direct exposure to infected birds increases that risk. Infected birds shed flu viruses in their saliva, mucous, and feces. Public health officials in the United Kingdom confirmed H5N1 virus in January 2022 in a person who was asymptomatic and had direct contact with infected birds.

People should avoid contact with poultry that appear ill or are dead, and avoid contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds. If you must handle sick or dead poultry, wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. If possible, wear respiratory protection such as a medical face mask and eye protection, such as goggles. CDC also has guidance for specific groups of people with exposure to poultry, including poultry workers and people responding to poultry outbreaks. CDC will continue to provide further updates to the situation and update guidance as needed.

It is safe to eat properly handled and cooked poultry and poultry products in the United States. The proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit kills bacteria and viruses, including H5N1 viruses.

What flock owners can do

HPAI is a highly contagious and deadly foreign animal disease in domestic poultry. Wild birds serve as a reservoir for influenza viruses and can spread these viruses to poultry. Certain strains of avian influenza are also zoonotic. USDA has published all detections of HPAI in poultry and wild birds on the APHIS website. Learn more about avian influenza and how to report unusual bird deaths on the CDA website at ag.colorado.gov/hpai.

INCREASE BIOSECURITY: It is extremely important for poultry owners to increase biosecurity measures to protect their birds. The USDA Defend the Flock website has helpful resources for keeping poultry healthy in any operation. Commercial poultry producers can use this toolkit to assess their biosecurity practices and preparedness.

MONITOR FLOCKS: Monitor your flock for clinical signs of H5N1, including monitoring production parameters (feed and water consumption, egg production) and increased morbidity and mortality. Any changes in production parameters that could indicate H5N1 should be reported.

REPORT DISEASE: It is important for veterinarians and producers to report any suspicious disease events in poultry flocks to the State Veterinarian’s office at 303-869-9130. If it is after hours, the voicemail message will indicate which veterinarian is on call.

If you have sick birds or birds that have died from unknown causes, help is available at the Colorado Avian Health Call Line at Colorado State University Their number is 970-297-4008.

SECURE FOOD SUPPLY: The Colorado Department of Agriculture strongly encourages poultry producers to enroll as a Secure Food Supply participant through their office. The most important component of ensuring your continuity of business in an outbreak is to enroll in Secure Food Supply and have a biosecurity plan in place. If you would like more information, contact dave.dice@state.co.us or
303-263-2407.

Additional resources:

CDA: Avian influenza
USDA: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Defend the Flock
CFSPH: Poultry biosecurity

State health officials investigate a detection of H5 influenza virus in a human in Colorado

GCSO: D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody

4.25.22, 11:50 a.m. – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – This morning, shortly after 11:00 a.m., the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office learned that D’Antiago, (“Dante”), Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez was arrested by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Mesa County. D’Antiago was wanted for the April 24, 2022 shooting that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old male at a quinceañera celebration near Rifle, CO.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Rifle Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Garfield County all Hazards Response Team (AHRT) and Colorado River Fire Rescue for their efforts the night of the incident and each agency’s part in concluding this manhunt.

We would also like to acknowledge our facebook followers, local news agencies, radio stations and the public for their assistance in this matter.

This is an active investigation, and no additional information will be forthcoming at this time.

Dominguez-Lopez

D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez wanted for homicide

4.24.22, 11:55 a.m. – This morning, shortly after midnight, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shooting that occurred outside of Rifle. The victim and suspect were attending a quinceañera when the shooting occurred. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, the victim was still alive. He was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction via ambulance where he was treated and later pronounced dead.

A warrant has been issued for D’Antiago, (“Dante”), Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez from Rifle, CO (shown above). D’Antiago is considered, “armed and dangerous”. If you see him or know of his whereabouts, please do not attempt to contact him. If you see D’Antiago, call our dispatch center (970) 625-8095 or 911.

If you have any information for this investigation, please contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 970-945-1377 ext. 1075.

GCSO: D’Antiago Lazaro Dominguez-Lopez in custody