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

GCSO: Shooting suspect taken into custody

Glenwood Springs Police Department

7.14.22, 1:06 pm – Update: Law enforcement remain in the area for investigation. Shelter in place has been lifted, but please avoid the area.

Midland Avenue between 27th Street and 8th Street remains closed.

Travel alert: Midland Ave will be closed in both directions for through traffic for an active Police investigation. Residents of River Meadows and the Red Mountain Subdivision from 11th Street and South can access their homes from 27th and Midland. Red Mountain residents North of 10th St can access their homes from Red Mountain Dr at Midland (Yampah High School). There is no estimate on time of reopening as of 1:30 p.m.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

7.14.22, 12:45 pm – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – The Glenwood Springs Police Department responded to an active shooter incident this morning shortly before 11:00 AM. The incident occurred near the intersection of 10th Street and Riverview Drive in Glenwood Springs. Multiple shots were fired. An injured party was recovered from the scene and transported to Valley View Hospital with a gun shot wound.

A female was also able to exit the residence and is safe with law enforcement. There were multiple agencies responding from surrounding Police Departments, Colorado State Patrol, the District Attorney’s Office, as well as Glenwood Fire.

The Garfield County All Hazards team responded with the Bear Cat, as well as a similar team from Eagle County with their defense vehicle.

Negotiators from both the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office are currently in contact with the suspect.

At approximately 12:41 PM, the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody. Officers are currently in the process of clearing the residence and assuring that no other threats are present.

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Actualización 12:58 pm a través de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Garfield: El Departamento de Policía de Glenwood Springs respondió a un incidente de tirador activo esta mañana poco antes de las 11:00 AM. El incidente ocurrió cerca de la intersección de 10th Street y Riverview Drive en Glenwood Springs. Se efectuaron múltiples disparos. Una parte lesionada fue recuperada de la escena y transportada al Hospital Valley View con una herida de bala.

Una mujer también pudo salir de la residencia y está a salvo con la policía. Hubo múltiples agencias que respondieron de los departamentos de policía circundantes, la Patrulla Estatal de Colorado, la Oficina del Fiscal de Distrito y Glenwood Fire.

El equipo de Garfield County All Hazards respondió con el Bear Cat (vehículo blindado), así como con un equipo similar del Condado de Eagle con su vehículo de defensa, Los negociadores tanto del Departamento de Policía de Glenwood Springs como de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Garfield están actualmente en contacto con el sospechoso.

Aproximadamente a las 12:41 PM, el sospechoso salió de la residencia y fue detenido. Los oficiales están actualmente en el proceso de despejar la residencia y asegurarse de que no haya otras amenazas presentes.

Midland Ave. Cerrada entre la calle 27 y la calle 8 en Glenwood Springs. Las personas en el vecindario de Red Mountain South (área de Riverview Dr.) deben cerrar las puertas y refugiarse en su lugar.

GCSO: Shooting suspect taken into custody

GCSO: Shooting suspect taken into custody

Glenwood Springs Police Department

7.14.22, 1:06 pm – Update: Law enforcement remain in the area for investigation. Shelter in place has been lifted, but please avoid the area.

Midland Avenue between 27th Street and 8th Street remains closed.

Travel alert: Midland Ave will be closed in both directions for through traffic for an active Police investigation. Residents of River Meadows and the Red Mountain Subdivision from 11th Street and South can access their homes from 27th and Midland. Red Mountain residents North of 10th St can access their homes from Red Mountain Dr at Midland (Yampah High School). There is no estimate on time of reopening as of 1:30 p.m.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

7.14.22, 12:45 pm – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – The Glenwood Springs Police Department responded to an active shooter incident this morning shortly before 11:00 AM. The incident occurred near the intersection of 10th Street and Riverview Drive in Glenwood Springs. Multiple shots were fired. An injured party was recovered from the scene and transported to Valley View Hospital with a gun shot wound.

A female was also able to exit the residence and is safe with law enforcement. There were multiple agencies responding from surrounding Police Departments, Colorado State Patrol, the District Attorney’s Office, as well as Glenwood Fire.

The Garfield County All Hazards team responded with the Bear Cat, as well as a similar team from Eagle County with their defense vehicle.

Negotiators from both the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office are currently in contact with the suspect.

At approximately 12:41 PM, the suspect exited the residence and was taken into custody. Officers are currently in the process of clearing the residence and assuring that no other threats are present.

Glenwood Springs Police Department

7.14.22, 11:26 am update – POLICE ACTIVITY – Individuals in the Red Mountain South Neighborhood (Riverview Dr. area) should lock doors and shelter in place immediately. Midland Avenue is closed with no traffic in or out between 8th Street and 27th Street.

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ACTIVIDAD POLICIAL – Midland Ave. Cerrada entre la calle 27 y la calle 8. Las personas en el vecindario de Red Mountain South (área de Riverview Dr.) deben cerrar las puertas y refugiarse en su lugar.

7.14.22, 11:01 a.m.

*Alert*

Police activity in the area of Riverview Dr. for shots fired.

Stay indoors, shelter in place.

GCSO: Shooting suspect taken into custody

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

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

GCSO: Missing juvenile from Battlement Mesa, Colorado

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Trinity Trent, DOB: 3/21/2005, age 17, was last seen on April 18, 2022. Trinity is a 17-year-old student living in Battlement Mesa, Colorado.  She is pictured here with a few of her friends.

Trinity was last seen wearing basically the same outfit as shown in the picture. If you see her or know of her whereabouts please call 911 immediately.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!

GCSO: Missing juvenile from Battlement Mesa, Colorado

GCSO: Twenty-one people rescued from Greyhound bus on Coffee Pot Springs Road

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Date: August 7, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – Shortly after 6:00 PM Friday, August 6, 2021, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a Greyhound bus was stuck approximately 22.5 miles up the Coffee Pot Springs Road. There were 21 people on board including at least one elderly female with heart conditions.

Sergeant Baker immediately set out from Glenwood Springs to reach the site and bring the female down from this high mountain road. The Coffee Pot Springs road is a dirt and gravel road used to access the White River National Forest wilderness area. The road is generally travelled by four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles and is not an alternative route around Glenwood Canyon.

Sergeant Burris also deployed from Glenwood Springs, with the assistance of Garfield County Search and Rescue members, along with two transport vans, to bring the remaining passengers and driver down off the mountain as soon as possible.

The pictures show the stranded Greyhound bus. By trying to navigate the roadway, the Greyhound bus managed to tear a hole through the bottom of its engine’s oil pan, creating an oil spill along this high mountain road. Ecos was called in immediately for a hazardous materials spill clean up to avoid further spread of the oil contaminant.

The Emergency Operations vehicle from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is shown fully loaded with luggage from the bus. Shortly before 11:00 pm, the passengers and driver were loaded into the vehicles and the ride back down the road and into Eagle County began. A threatening rainstorm could have interrupted the rescue procedures and delayed the mission; fortunately the storm passed further north. The caravan reached I-70 shortly after midnight.

Catastrophe was avoided this time. Travelers are advised not to follow GPS mapping in an attempt to circumvent the I-70 closure through Glenwood Canyon. Backcountry roads are unpredictable and can be treacherous or deadly for the unprepared traveler.

The preferred and recommended route around Glenwood Canyon when traveling west remains exiting I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and traveling north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Travelers will then continue west on US Highway 40 and south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and returning to I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90). When traveling east simply reverse this path. The detour can add between 1 ½ hours to 2 hours to your trip, depending on traffic, but you will be on well-traveled and paved roads with multiple towns and rest areas along the way.

For the best and most up to date information regarding Colorado roadways, go to cotrip.org.

GCSO: Twenty-one people rescued from Greyhound bus on Coffee Pot Springs Road

GCSO: Motorists from Glenwood Canyon safely in Glenwood Springs

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

July 30, 9:15 am: Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, an active storm cell passed over Glenwood Canyon before a full closure of the canyon could be implemented. A few vehicles and their passengers were able to shelter in place within the Hanging Lake Tunnel.

Garfield County Emergency Operations was activated. A temporary shelter was set up at the Glenwood Recreation Center where Red Cross is prepared to handle incomers to that facility.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, along with Glenwood Springs Fire and a bus from RFTA headed into the canyon to reach the twenty plus individuals that were in the tunnel. They followed CDOT crews as they made a path through two debris flow areas to reach the tunnel.

Early this morning the bus reached the tunnel and took people back to Glenwood. Several motorists drove their own vehicles out, following the bus to safety and shelter at the recreation center.

There are still multiple vehicles caught in the canyon. CDOT will be busy rescuing these vehicles and their occupants while cleaning up the debris flows. Motorists should plan on an alternative route, as this will likely be an extended closure of the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon.

Please check cotrip.org for continuous updates.

Colorado Department of Transportation

GCSO: Motorists from Glenwood Canyon safely in Glenwood Springs

GCSO: Fire restrictions lifted in many areas of Garfield County

FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFT FRIDAY, JULY 30; EXCEPT ON BLM LANDS

GARFIELD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the seven fire districts in Garfield County and all U.S. Forest Service lands in Garfield County are removing fire restrictions. This applies to unincorporated Garfield County, and is effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2021.

Recent rains have provided some relief from the drier conditions we were experiencing, although this could change quickly. Weekly meetings are held to assess the moisture content of the fuels, current and anticipated fire danger, local available resources to fight a fire, and consistency of fire related messages across various jurisdictions in Garfield County.

Although the restrictions have been lifted, people need to be cautious when using outdoor fires including open fires, campfires, and all other situations that involve open flames in a public or private area. If you have any questions, please contact your local fire department; in some cases a burn permit may be necessary.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during these fire restrictions, as well as all first responders who have worked to minimize and control fire spread when detected.

Garfield County fire restrictions

GCSO: Fire restrictions lifted in many areas of Garfield County

Garfield County fire restrictions reducing to Stage I on Friday

June 29, 2021, 2:10 p.m.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS REDUCED FROM STAGE 2 TO STAGE 1, EFFECTIVE FRIDAY JULY 2, 2021 at 12:01 AM

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the seven fire districts in Garfield County are returning to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2021. This applies to unincorporated Garfield County. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands in Garfield County, as well as the City of Glenwood Springs, remain at Stage 2 Fire Restrictions as previously implemented.

The recent rainfall has reduced the extreme fire danger when the county moved to Stage 2 restrictions on June 25, 2021. Fire danger is still high and residents and visitors to Garfield County are required to adhere to the restrictions implemented under Stage 1 restrictions.

WHAT STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS MEAN IN GARFIELD COUNTY

  • Fireworks are not allowed under Stage I fire restrictions. Professional fireworks shows may be allowed through the permitting process.
  • All burn permits are postponed/canceled until further notice.
  • Campfires are only allowed within designated fire grates in developed areas (i.e. a permanent in-ground containment structure or store bought fire pit); temporary fire pans or rock campfire rings will not be acceptable.
  • No fires of any type, including charcoal in undeveloped areas.
  • No smoking except within a designated area, enclosed vehicle or building, a developed area or in an area free of combustibles.
  • No use of fireworks or explosive materials, including “exploding” targets or bullets and tracer rounds.
  • Exercise common sense and industry safety practice when welding or operation of an acetylene or other similar torch with open flame always cleared safe area of vegetation and combustibles.

Penalties

Causing a fire during fire restrictions can be a class 6 felony and can be punishable by fines. Other possible charges include Fourth Degree Arson (M2) and Intentionally Setting a Wildfire (F3). You may be held financially responsible for damage caused.

Federal lands

The use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices, including exploding targets, are always prohibited on federal lands.

By definition:

A “developed area” is an area, whether within city limits or rural, that is groomed, manicured and or watered, where grasses, brush and trees are regularly attended to by landowner.  This includes residential and business areas, improved recreational areas, parks and other common areas.

Undeveloped areas” are lands that are not groomed, manicured, or watered; where grasses, brush and trees have been allowed to grow in a natural environment. This includes green belts that are not landscaped or manicured, open space lands, non-manicured parklands, and other areas where the fire hazard presented by the vegetation is determined by the authority having jurisdiction or designee to be an undue wildland fire hazard. 

Garfield County fire restrictions reducing to Stage I on Friday