Sunrise Court Fire at the base of Four Mile

Update Aug. 29, 4:45 pm
PRESS RELEASE
Sunrise Court Fire declared 100% controlled

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – As of 3 p.m. on August 29 the perimeter of the Sunrise Court Fire has been reinforced and declared 100% controlled. All resources have been released except for one wildland engine and five Glenwood Springs firefighters.

Hot spots in the interior of the fire are anticipated and firefighters will continue to extinguish those as needed. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department will continue to patrol and monitor the fire over the next few days.

Prehm Ranch Road below the burn area will remained closed until further notice due to public safety concerns of falling rocks.

Update Aug. 29, 2:27 pm
PRESS RELEASE
Sunrise Court Fire  update

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – The Sunrise Court Fire burned 19.7 acres yesterday.  Several homes were threatened but none were lost. Cool temperatures through the night helped quiet the fire down. Containment was declared as of 7:00 a.m. Fire cause is unknown and currently under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Response Team.

Today, four wildland engines, a tender, and 27 fire fighters from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire Department, and Roaring Fork Fire Rescue will be focusing their efforts on reinforcing the perimeter of the burn area. Incident Commander Doug Gerrald expects to have most resources off the fire by early evening, and will continue to monitor the fire through the night

Garfield County Sheriff officers are also on scene prohibiting public access in order to allow firefighting operations to continue. The public is asked to avoid the area.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department’s Facebook page will be updated with the latest information on the fire as updates occur. The public can also call 970-384-6436 for fire information. Media requests should be directed to 970-384-6436.

Sunrise Court Fire
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Update – 7:31 pm
PRESS RELEASE
August 28, 2019

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – Around 2:40 p.m. on August 28, 2019, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called for a report of a brush fire between Four Mile Ranch and County Road 163 (Prehem Ranch Road).

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames moving quickly through the brush in the area. Firefighters on scene worked to protect homes as the flames approached. 45 firefighters and 17 fire apparatus from Glenwood Springs Fire Department and other fire agencies responded. A helicopter did bucket drops over the fire, with two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) each dropping two loads of retardant.

Residences on Sunrise Court and Red Cliff Road were evacuated, but are being allowed to return at 7:30 p.m. Only local residents will be allowed in the subdivision until the fire is out. Prehem Ranch Road is also closed to traffic, other than residents. The public is asked to avoid the area to allow firefighters room to work.

Fire officials expect some flare ups during the night. Firefighters will be patrolling the area overnight. A hand crew is expected to arrive tomorrow morning to work on the fire line.

As of 7 p.m., the fire is estimated at 15-20 acres. The Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control Multi-Mission Aircraft will be flying over the fire to determine the fire perimeter and accurate acreage. There have been no structures lost.

“Keeping the public safe and protecting homes is our number one priority. The residents in Four Mile Ranch subdivision evacuated quickly, allowing firefighters to access the fire sooner,” said Battalion Chief Doug Gerrald. “Glenwood Springs firefighters, along with our partners at other Roaring Fork Valley fire departments and law enforcement agencies, worked hard to prevent any injuries or loss of property at the Sunrise Court Fire.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, it will be investigated by the Garfield County Fire Investigation team, in conjunction with Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Interagency Fire, Grand Valley Fire Department, Vail Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Department, Glenwood Springs Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Garfield County Road and Bridge Department, Black Hills Energy and Holy Cross Electric also responded to this incident.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department’s Facebook page will be updated with the latest information on the fire as updates occur. The public can also call 970-384-6436 for fire information. Media requests should be directed to 970-384-6436.

Update – 7:13 pm – The evacuation order for homes on Sunrise Court and Red Cliff Road has been lifted. Only residents will be allowed in the subdivision. Residents are asked to watch for fire hose in the road and to avoid driving over it.

Update/correction – 5:00 pm – all of Four Mile Ranch is not under evacuation orders. Just residences on Sunrise Court and Red Cliff Road.

helicopter water drop sunrise court fire

Fire in Glenwood Springs near Sunset Court

Aug. 28, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. – Glenwood Springs Fire Department post: A wildland fire has broken out near Four Mile Ranch on the afternoon of August 28, 2019. The Four Mile Ranch subdivision and lower Four Mile houses are being evacuated. All evacuated residents should evacuate to the former Safeway parking lot at 2001 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

As of 3:30 p.m., air tankers are in route from Grand Junction. Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Carbondale Fire Department, and local law enforcement agencies are all on scene.

The fire has been named the “Sunrise Court Fire.”

Aug. 28, 2019 – 3:26 p.m. – All of Four Mile Ranch is being evacuated to the old Safeway parking lot for the #SunriseCourtFire

Todo el Rancho Four Mile está siendo evacuado al antiguo estacionamiento de Safeway para #SunriseCourtFire

Aug. 28, 2019 – 3:10 p.m. – Residences on Sunrise Court and Red Cliff Circle need to evacuate to the old Safeway parking lot.

Las residencias en Sunrise Court y Red Cliff Circle están siendo evacuadas por el incendio del área de Four Mile. Por favor evacúe al viejo estacionamiento de Safeway.

Sunrise Court Fire at the base of Four Mile