Middle Mamm Fire emergency closures reduced

Middle Mamm Fire emergency closures reduced
Update: Oct. 15, 2019 – 2 p.m. RIFLE, Colo. – The White River National Forest, Rifle Ranger District has revised the emergency safety closure surrounding the Middle Mamm Fire to reflect current conditions. Closures were put in place on October 5 to protect natural resources and public health and safety due to the impacts of the Middle Mamm Fire.

Two adjacent emergency closures that were put in place for the Middle Mamm fire will also be lifted. The BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office has rescinded emergency closures on BLM-administered lands near the fire and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests have lifted emergency closures on Grand Mesa National Forest.

The revised closures prohibit unauthorized use on US Forest Service lands in the entire Middle Mamm drainage, Gant Gulch, and a portion of Battlement Trail A (Forest System Trail 2160) remain closed. All Forest Service trails and roads within the defined area are closed to public access.

A map of the revised White River National Forest closure area is available online at: https://tinyurl.com/y38v8zbm.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect in the area of the fire.

White River National Forest Contact Information:
Supervisor’s Office: (970)-945-2521
Rifle Ranger District: (970) 625-2371

BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office
(970) 876-9000

Fire Statistics: Contact Information:
Size: 1069 acres InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Containment: 23% Facebook: facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

Middle Mamm Fire to transition to local control
Update: Oct. 15, 2019 – 1:47 p.m. – current situation: The Middle Mamm Fire saw a mild increase in fire activity on Monday due to moderate afternoon winds. The fire pushed northward in Division Z causing a small increase in acreage. The fire is now 1069 acres. Containment remains at 23% of the total perimeter to contained.

On Monday, fire crews continued to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter during the morning. During the afternoon crews switched to holding operations due to increased wind activity. These operations allowed crews to monitor specific sections of the fire’s perimeter while remaining available to respond to any spot fires.

On Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m., the fire will transition back to a local Type 4 Organization under the leadership of Incident Commander Dan Nielson and Incident Commander (Trainee) Danielle Shedden. The organization will be staffed by approximately 70 personnel consisting of several hand crews, engines and aircraft. These resources will continue to conduct patrol and monitor operations while completing mop up and suppression repair in areas near values at risk.

On Sunday, fire crews used favorable weather conditions to make significant progress in securing fire line and mop up operations. The fire consumed interior fuels and produced smoke from within the fire’s perimeter. Suppression repair activities took place as crews rehabilitated line and created water bars to mitigate erosion.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-50s to low 60s and minimum humidity is anticipated to be 10-15%. Downslope winds will be light in the early morning before switching to light upslope winds by mid-morning. In the afternoon there will be westerly winds with gusts. Temperatures are projected to peak in the mid-70s midweek before dropping into the high 40s over the weekend.

Evacuations and Closures: A revised area closure is in effect for the area of the fire on the White River National Forest. Closure orders on BLM lands near the fire, along with the Grand Mesa National Forest has been lifted. These closures are in place to ensure firefighter and public safety.

Closures may affect access for first rifle season hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. The revised closure prohibits unauthorized use on US Forest Service lands in the entire Middle Mamm drainage, Gant Gulch, and a portion of Battlement Trail A (Forest System Trail 2160) remain closed. All Forest Service trails and roads within the defined area are closed to public access.

Additional information on these closures, along with a map for alternative access to GMU 42 is available on the Middle Mamm Inciweb page at https://go.usa.gov/xVzW9.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in place on the White River National Forest.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area immediate around and within the Middle Mamm Fire. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed in or around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

Middle Mamm Fire reaches 23 percent containment
Update: Oct. 14, 2019 – 10:33 a.m. – current situation: Firefighters continue to make progress on the Middle Mamm Fire.

The Middle Mamm Fire is being managed under multiple strategies. Approximately 34 percent of the perimeter is identified to be contained where the fire could threaten values at risk, specifically where the fire is near private lands or infrastructure. Of this, 34 percent that will be contained; 23 percent of the containment line was completed as of Sunday evening.

On Sunday, fire crews used favorable weather conditions to make significant progress in securing fire line and mop up operations. The fire consumed interior fuels and produced smoke from within the fire’s perimeter. Suppression repair activities took place as crews rehabilitated line and created water bars to mitigate erosion.

Three hand crews, five engines, and two helicopters will remain assigned to the incident on Monday. These crews will continue monitoring and patrolling established lines while performing mop up and rehabilitation on eligible areas.

Weather & Fuel Conditions:
Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-50s to low 60s and minimum humidity is anticipated to be 10-15 percent. Southwest winds will be light in the morning and are forecasted to shift to moderate westerly winds with gusts around noon. Temperatures are projected to peak in the mid-70s midweek before dropping into the high 40s over the weekend.

Evacuations and Closures: Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River and the Grand Mesa national forests. Additionally, a closure order is in place on BLM lands near the fire. These closures are in place to ensure firefighter and public safety.

Closures may affect access for first rifle season hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. A closure is in effect on West Mamm Road (County Road 319) approximately five miles south of Airport Road. Hunters should be aware of closure areas before entering public lands. A portion of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 (Battlement Trail) remains closed between the intersection of Beaver Creek Trail (FST 2161) and Mudd Hill Road (Forest Road 271); another portion of Battlement Trail (FST 527) is closed between the intersection of Brush Creek Trail (FST 529) and East Brush Creek Trail (FST 504).

Additional information on these closures, along with a map for alternative access to GMU 42 is available on the Middle Mamm Inciweb page at https://go.usa.gov/xVzW9.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in place on the White River National Forest, in Garfield County, or on BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office lands.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area immediate around and within the Middle Mamm Fire. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed in or around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

For More Information: 
Public Information Office:  (970) 930-1548
InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook:  facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

Middle Mamm Fire Statistics:
Size:  1,007 acres
Containment:  23%
Total Personnel:  177
Cause:  Lightning
Location:  Approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

Crews Make Progress on Middle Mamm Fire on Saturday
Update: Oct. 13, 2019, 9:51 a.m.: current situation: Saturday was another day of minimal activity for the Middle Mamm Fire. The fire remains at 1007 acres. The interior of the fire produced smoke from pockets of unburned fuels as afternoon temperatures warmed and winds became breezier. These interior smokes are expected to remain active as the fire continues to work through fuels on the forest floor in healthy aspen stands. Fire activity on the perimeter remained minimal. Crews accomplished a significant amount of mop up in various locations around the fire’s perimeter. Crews also began conducting repair work on secured control lines in the East Mamm creek drainage, rehabilitating impacts of suppression operations and restoring the landscape to its natural state.

On Sunday, firefighters will continue mop up operations. Fire activity is expected to be more active on south-facing slopes with more exposure to sun and places where slope aligns with wind. Smoke will continue to be visible from I-70 between Silt and Glenwood Springs.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures are expected to range from the mid to high 50s and minimum humidity will be 8-13% with light southwest winds in the morning that will shift to the northwest around noon. Temperatures are projected to rise over the weekend, reaching the high 60s next week before dropping back into the 50s next weekend.

Evacuations and Closures: Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River and the Grand Mesa national forests. Additionally, a closure order is in place on BLM lands near the fire. These closures are in place to ensure firefighter and public safety.

Closures may affect access for first rifle season hunters in Game Management Unit (GMU) 42. A closure is in effect on West Mamm Road (County Road 319) approximately five miles south of Airport Road. Hunters should be aware of closure areas before entering public lands. A portion of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 (Battlement Trail) remains closed between the intersection of Beaver Creek Trail (FST 2161) and Mudd Hill Road (Forest Road 271); another portion of Battlement Trail (FST 527) is closed between the intersection of Brush Creek Trail (FST 529) and East Brush Creek Trail (FST 504).

Additional information on these closures, along with a map for alternative access to GMU 42 is available on the Middle Mamm Inciweb page at https://go.usa.gov/xVzW9 .

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in place on the White River National Forest, in Garfield County, or on BLM-Colorado River Valley Field Office lands.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area immediately around the Middle Mamm Fire. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

For More Information:  
Public Information Office:  (970) 930-1548
InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook:  facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

Middle Mamm Fire Statistics:
Size:  1007 acres
Containment:  2%
Total Personnel:  204
Cause:  Lightning
Location:  Approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

Middle Mamm Fire Experiences Minimal Activity on Wednesday
Update: Oct. 10, 2019, 10:55 a.m. – Current situation: The 1001-acre Middle Mamm Fire experienced light fire activity on Wednesday despite the winds associated with yesterday’s frontal passage. The west side of the fire experienced some increased activity as consistent afternoon winds pushed a small spot fire on to adjacent private lands, which was quickly contained. Preparations undertaken on Monday and Tuesday allowed crews to quickly and effectively respond to the situation, preventing further growth. Cooler temperatures and cloud cover moderated fire behavior in the afternoon. At 1900 hours yesterday the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management (Team Black) took command of the fire, which remains largely on national forest and BLM lands.

Favorable weather conditions on Wednesday morning aided air resources in conducting retardant and water drops on the north end of the fire, allowing crews time to reinforce both direct and indirect lines. During the afternoon, fire crews patrolled and monitored the fire as winds moved into the area from northwest Colorado. These winds caused a spot fire on private land off of the west side of the fire, which was quickly contained. Preparations undertaken on Monday and Tuesday allowed crews to quickly respond, establishing containment lines around the spot fire before it could spread.

On Thursday, crews are expected to monitor and patrol the fire. Fire behavior is expected to be minimal today with the increased humidity and cold temperatures that moved into the area overnight. Multiple air resources remained assigned to the fire including two Type 1 and one Type 2 helicopters. Single engine air tankers based in Rifle and large air tankers based in Grand Junction are available, if needed. The fire is expected to smolder through the day and smoke will be visible from I-70 between Silt and Glenwood Springs.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures in the fire area are expected to reach the mid 30s and minimum humidity will be 23-28%. Winds are forecast to be 5-10 mph out of the northwest with afternoon gusts of up to 25 mph. Scattered snow showers in the morning and isolated snow showers in the afternoon are expected today with minimal accumulation. Temperatures are projected to remain low Thursday and Friday and will gradually increase into the weekend.

Evacuations and Closures: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office lifted a pre-evacuation notice for residents in the Middle Mamm Creek area this morning. Closures are in effect for the area of the fire on the White River and the Grand Mesa national forests. Additionally, a closure order is in place on BLM lands near the fire. These closures are in place to ensure firefighter and public safety. Additional information on these closures is available on the Middle Mamm Inciweb page.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in place.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction is in place for the area immediate around and within the Middle Mamm Fire. On Monday, a drone incursion caused air resources to be grounded during prime flying conditions. The public is reminded that drones are not allowed in or around active wildfires – if you fly we can’t!

For More Information:
InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook:  facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/
Fire Information Office:  (970) 930-1548 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Location:  Approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, CO

Middle Mamm Fire Statistics:
Size:  1001 acres
Containment:  2%
Total Personnel:  142
Cause:  Lightning

Pre-evacuation order for Middle Mamm Creek Fire lifted
Update: Oct. 10, 2019, 8:10 a.m. – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – With the cooler weather and the additional resources available to fight the Middle Mamm Creek Fire, the Sheriff has lifted the pre-evacuation order that was in place on October 8 for the residents in the southwestern Mamm Creek area.

Residents are encouraged to stay alert to their surroundings and monitor local conditions and reports from the Forest Service regarding the fire and its potential spread should current conditions change dramatically.

The soft road closure, limiting traffic to local residents at the intersection of CR 319 (West Mamm Creek) and CR 322 (Shaeffer Cut-off) will continue so that fire-fighters and first responders can more easily access the area. No other closures are anticipated at this time.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the local residents for their continued cooperation as well as all first responders who have assisted in keeping this area safe and minimizing the further spread of the fire.

Red Flag warning
Update: Oct. 9, 2019, 10 a.m. – Red Flag warning in effect today, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No open burning, of any kind, permitted.

Pre-evacuation ordered for Middle Mamm Fire
Update: Oct. 8, 2019, 4:37 p.m. – GARFIELD COUNTY, CO. – With the recent activity on the Middle Mamm Creek Fire, the Sheriff has given a “pre-evacuation order” for residents in the area. The weather forecast for October 9 includes the possibility of high winds. Should these winds result in a breach of the current fire lines, the Middle Mamm Creek fire could expand dramatically in a short period.

There is currently a soft road closure, limiting traffic to local residents at the intersection of CR 319 (West Mamm Creek) and CR 322 (Shaeffer Cut-off). This could become a hard closure with only emergency responders allowed access. Similarly, a closure at the intersection of CR 315 (Mamm Creek Road) and CR 316 (Knuckles cut-off) could be established if necessary. Residents to the south and southwest of these two points are under a pre-evacuation order and encouraged to be on high alert.

If an actual evacuation is ordered, time for residents to evacuate will be short. Residents are encouraged to be vigilant, prepared and to comply with directives when received for the safety of everyone involved.
Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

BLM closure order
October 8, – The BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office has issued a closure order for BLM lands in the Middle Mamm Fire area.
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Firefighters continue to strengthen progress made in advance of winds on Middle Mamm Fire
Red Flag Warning issued for high winds Wednesday afternoon
RIFLE, Colo., October 8, 2019 – The Middle Mamm Fire is currently at 961 acres and we have 221 total personnel working with us on this fire. Fire personnel include hotshot crews, structure protection fire engines, individual personnel from all over the country, and local county resources.

With the anticipated high winds arriving Wednesday, crews spent yesterday reinforcing firelines and reducing fuels to aid in protection of private property and minimize the fire’s spread. Today’s goal for all crews will be similar. Helicopters will be dropping water on the fire and crews will continue to use the calm weather to their advantage.

Incident Commander Jeremy Spetter, in his instructions to the crews on Monday evening said, “firm up the progress we have made up to today.”

In anticipation of Wednesday’s change in weather, a Type 2 team, Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team Black, will be arriving to take over the management of the fire. Type 2 teams are national response units that bring experienced management and support to a more complex fire.

Late season fires like this bring added challenges. The high winds and warm temps predicted for Wednesday will be followed by record low temps and possible snow. “We have to prepare our crews and their fire camp for both extremes. This adds to the complexity of managing this fire” said Incident Commander Jeremy Spetter.

Weather: A strong cold front will bring stronger winds to the area from Tuesday onwards. These stronger winds, along with dry conditions and fuels, will create critical fire weather conditions for our northern Colorado zones so Red Flag Warnings have been issued there for tomorrow. By Wednesday, the front will be moving through Wyoming and cause an even stronger gradient. Winds will gusting to 40 mph, if not higher at times, and with similar conditions in place, a fire weather watch has been issued for many southern Utah and Colorado fire zones. Once the front passes, some snow is possible over the higher terrain and temperatures will plummet. Temperatures will start warming up Saturday onwards as dry conditions return.

Drones: “If you fly, we can’t!” Unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones over of near wildfires pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety, and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Please don’t fly over or near wildfires.

Smoke: Smoke from wildfires may affect your health. For statewide information on smoke and air quality from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

Update: October 6, 2019, 11:36 am
Firefighters prepare for firing operations on Middle Mamm Fire

RIFLE, Colo., October 6, 2019 – The Middle Mamm Fire grew to 985 acres Saturday. Much of the growth was in a large spot fire that established in Friday evening’s high winds. The spot remained almost entirely on National Forest System lands.

The spot fire burned in a decadent spruced-fir stand with numerous downed trees; this produced a good deal of smoke on Friday evening. It slowed subtantially when it reached a stand of green aspen.

Saturday, winds subsided and firefighters were able to place retardant along the northeast ridgeline. Crews are reinforcing containment lines on the west flank, and constructing new containment lines in preparation for firing operations. If conditions are appropriate and the firing takes place, increased smoke will likely be visible. These operations will most likely occur in late afternoon or early evening. These actions are a priority to limit the spread of the fire to private lands.

Firefighters removed vegetation and mowed around structures at the base of the ridgeline. Crews will continue to be available for structure protection.

A public meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex, at 106 County Road 333-A in Rifle.

Weather:  A dry system will pass through the area on Sunday causing a wind shift to the north.  The flow will shift back to the southwest on Monday.  Wind speeds will generally be under 10 mph, but a few gusts up to 15 mph may be possible in the afternoon. Temperature is expected to be 52-57 degrees and 26-31 degrees overnight.

 

Update: October 5, 2019, 2:24 p.m.
Middle Mamm Fire grows after prolonged wind event

RIFLE, Colo., October 5, 2019 – Friday evening, strong, persistent winds pushed the Middle Mamm fire north and a large spot fire became established in a thick spruce-fir stand in Gant Gulch. Numerous small fires have also established between the two fires. As of late Friday night, the fire size was 941 acres, primarily located on National Forest System lands; with less than 5 acres on private lands.

Additional resources are arriving and conducting suppression activities to minimize spread onto private lands. Crews are improving and constructing containment line to the east that may be used for a firing operation to remove remaining fuels around the spot fires if and when an opportunity arises. Air resources from around the region are also applying retardant and water, when winds permit, to slow fire spread.

The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest and the Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Mesa and Garfield Counties have expanded the temporary emergency area closure to include additional sections north of the fire.

A public meeting will be held Sunday evening at 4:00 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex at 106 County Road 333-A in Rifle.


Update: October 4, 2019, 9:07 p.m.
Persistent winds push Middle Mamm Fire

RIFLE, Colo., October 4, 2019 – Persistent, gusting winds pushed the Middle Mamm Fire north into Gant Gulch Friday evening. An infrared flight estimated the fire at 941 acres; more growth is expected tomorrow.

For several weeks, crews have been building and reinforcing contingency line, conducting firing operations and using helicopters to drop water on spot fires and prevent the fire from advancing toward private property. Today, gusting winds prevented air resources from placing retardant and assisting with bucket drops.

Fire managers recognized the need for additional support in the face of extended difficult weather conditions, and additional crews and air resources have been arriving throughout the week. Another crew and more air resources are expected this weekend.

Saturday, winds are expected to subside. Air resources will place retardant along the northwest ridgeline to slow the fire’s progression and allow crews on the ground more time to construct and reinforce containment line. An engine is positioned at the end of CR 319 (West Mamm) for potential structure protection.

The Garfield County Sheriff will be closing CR 319 (West Mamm) at the intersection of 322 (Shafer Road); only residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed to pass.

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Drones: “If you fly, we can’t!” Unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones over of near wildfires pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety, and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Please don’t fly over or near wildfires.

Smoke: Smoke from wildfires may affect your health. For statewide information on smoke and air quality from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

 

Update: October 4, 2019, 4:38 p.m.
Temporary emergency area closure implemented in vicinity of Middle Mamm Fire

RIFLE, Colo., October 4, 2019 – The Middle Mamm Fire is burning in a remote, roadless area approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, Colorado. It was caused by lightning and was first detected on July 28. It is estimated at 322 acres, and is being managed to improve forest health and wildlife habitat.

Recent dry, windy weather has cured fuels and increased active fire behavior and potential for growth on the Middle Mamm Fire. Because of this, the Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest and the Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Mesa and Garfield Counties have issued a temporary emergency area closure in the vicinity of the fire.

The closure area on the White River National Forest includes several miles of Forest Service Trail (FST) 2160 from the West Mamm drainage to the intersection of the Battlements Trail (FST 2160) and Forest Service Road 271 at the boundary of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) and the White River National Forest. The closure area on the GMUG includes approximately 2 miles of the Battlement Trail (FST 527) which will be closed between the intersection with the Brush Creek Trail (FST 529) and East Brush Creek Trail (FST 504).

This closure is effective immediately, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2019 or until it is rescinded.

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Fire Update: In recent weeks, firefighters prepared contingency lines, conducted firing operations and continued helicopter water drops to reinforce protection of private property and to prevent the fire’s growth in undesirable areas. Continued dry, windy weather has cured fuels and increased fire activity; some spot fires have been observed and cooled with bucket drops from helicopters.

Weather: Western Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning; gusty winds and low relative humidity are expected, followed by warm, sunny days throughout the week. This will likely increase smoke visibility from the Middle Mamm and other fires in the region.

Drones: “If you fly, we can’t!” Unauthorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones over of near wildfires pose serious risks to firefighter and public safety, and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Please don’t fly over or near wildfires.

Smoke: Smoke from wildfires may affect your health. For statewide information on smoke and air quality from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_smoke.aspx.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddleMammFire/

 

Update: Aug. 29, 2019 – The Middle Mamm fire has grown to 209 acres.

Update: Aug. 25, 2019 – The Middle Mamm Fire has grown to 143 acres.

Middle Mamm Fire

Acres: Estimated 113 Acres
Location:
10 miles south of Rifle, CO
Resources: 15 personnel, 1 Type 3 helicopter

Rifle, Colo., August 24, 2019 – Dry, windy weather resulted in increased fire activity and growth on the Middle Mamm Fire, south of Rifle, Friday. The fire is estimated to be 113 acres.

“There are pockets with large amounts of dead and downed fuel that are generating a lot of heat, resulting in the increase in visible smoke,” said Stewart Robertson, UCR Fire Operations Specialist. “It is expected that flames and the resultant smoke may be visible overnight until these pockets fully burn down. The forest understory and overstory effects are ideal at this time, and fire behavior is as expected.”

Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) continue to manage the fire to reduce accumulated fuels and improve forest health and wildlife habitat. Additional fire resources have arrived to assist in management and fire actions as needed.

The fire is not threatening to private property and associated structures. Firefighters have identified and established pre-determined triggers or ‘management action points’ that guide suppression tactics if the fire reaches undesirable behavior or thresholds. Current active management tactics include helicopter bucket drops to limit spread where not desired. “When managing wildfire for resource benefits, actions are continuously being taken to protect private property and associated infrastructure,” said Sarah Hankens, Rifle District Ranger. “At this time, we are strategically using aviation and ground resources to manage, and when needed, suppress the fire growth.”

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Middle Mamm Fire emergency closures reduced

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 am.  Fire cause is unknown and currently under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Response Team.

Today, 4 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
click to view larger – courtesy of Glenwood Fire

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

Evacuations and flash flood warning in Eagle County near Basalt

Evacuation center location
2019-08-04 19:55:25 MDT 

Pitkin Community Alert for the Basalt/El Jebel, Frying Pan Valley area(s): Evacuation center for Lake Christine flooding and debris flow is the Eagle County building near Crown Mountain Park.

El centro de evacuación por inundación y flujo de escombros en el lago Christine es el edificio del condado de Eagle cerca de Crown Mountain Park.

Flash Flood Statement
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
758 PM MDT Sun Aug 4 2019
Eagle CO-Pitkin CO-
758 PM MDT Sun Aug 4 2019

…THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 930 PM MDT FOR
SOUTHWESTERN EAGLE AND NORTH CENTRAL PITKIN COUNTIES…

At 753 PM MDT, local law enforcement reported flash flooding and
mudslides along Frying Pan Road east of Basalt. Up to one inch of
rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is already occurring.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Frying Pan Road east of Basalt on the Lake Christine Fire Burn Scar.

LAT…LON 3934 10677 3935 10689 3937 10703 3940 10699
3942 10698 3939 10677

Flash Flood Warning – National Weather Service
BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
637 PM MDT Sun Aug 4 2019

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
Southwestern Eagle County in west central Colorado…
North central Pitkin County in west central Colorado…

* Until 930 PM MDT.

* At 634 PM MDT, local law enforcement officials reported two
mudslides approximately 1.5 miles up Frying Pan Road east of
Basalt. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Frying Pan Road east of Basalt.

Excessive rainfall over the warned area will cause mud slides near
steep terrain. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and
other loose materials.

LAT…LON 3934 10677 3935 10689 3937 10703 3940 10699
3942 10698 3939 10677

2019-08-04 6:14 MDT
Pitkin emergency alert for the Basalt/El Jebel, Frying Pan Valley area(s): 

Active Flooding from Lake Christine Burn Scar Flooding

All persons on Pinion Road and & Cedar Drive above Pinion Road in Basalt – climb or drive to higher ground NOW. Active flooding and debris flows in area.

Todas las personas en Pinion Road y Cedar Drive sobre Pinion Road en Basalt – suban o manejen a un terreno más alto AHORA. Inundaciones activas y escombros fluyen en el área.

Frying Pan Road closed
2019-08-04 18:39:39 MDT 

Pitkin Community Traffic Alert – Frying Pan Road is CLOSED due to multiple debris flows and water over the road. Do NOT attempt to access Frying Pan Road. Crews are working to clear debris and reach trapped persons. Expected length of this event is unknown. Updates will be sent as conditions warrant.

Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Facebook updates

Evacuations and flash flood warning in Eagle County near Basalt

I-70 open after mudslide in South Canyon

Mudslide in South Canyon

July 27 at 7:06 am, Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority – I-70 is open in both directions in South Canyon, just west of Glenwood Springs.

July 26 at 10:23 pm, CDOT – Exit 109 on I-70, US Highway 6 – Canyon Creek reopened to all traffic 1 mile east of the New Castle area.

July 26 at 7:48 pm, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Friday, at approximately 2:30 pm, I-70 was closed to westbound traffic at mile marker 114 in Glenwood Springs, due to a large mudslide and water flow across the westbound lanes around mile markers 111 and 112. Within a short time, the eastbound lanes were also closed.

After over four hours of closure in both directions, it would appear from all indications that the interstate will remain closed for an additional four hours and possibly up to eight hours. When it does re-open, it is anticipated that only one lane will be open.

Drivers are warned against trying to go up the Four Mile Road and using Forest Service Road 800 past Sunlight to get around the slide area. This is not a viable alternative route, especially when the road is wet.

Travelers could find themselves stuck in the back country with little or no cell reception available.

Please be patient, as CDOT and CSP work diligently to resolve this issue and expedite travels with the primary goal of keeping everyone safe.


July 26 at 2:38 pm – Garfield County Communications Authority: I-70 closed at mile marker 114 near West Glenwood due to mudslide. Expected to be closed for two to four hours. Both lanes are closed, as well as the Highway 6 frontage road at mile marker 109 is closed at Canyon Creek.

I-70 open after mudslide in South Canyon

Expect rise in river levels – reservoirs to release excess water

July 12 – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Residents should expect an additional load of water runoff as up-stream reservoirs fill and exceed their normal safe levels. The Granby Dam is currently at a “Level 1” response and will start releasing more than the usual amount of water.

With the continued runoff peaking during the hot summer days, reservoirs will reach or near their capacity. When this happens, they will release additional water. This added water will accelerate the filling of lower reservoirs and create higher than normal runoff flows for the next few weeks on the streams and rivers between these reservoirs.

Users of the river systems need to be aware of these increased flows and the potential dangers associated with higher than average or higher than expected river water flow conditions.

Expect rise in river levels – reservoirs to release excess water

Highway 325 reopened

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July 13, 9:51 am

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Following a temporary road closure which began late in the afternoon of July 12, CDOT has re-opened Colorado Highway 325 near the mile marker 7 near SH-13 north of Rifle.

CDOT staff observed no further movement of the embankment overnight as the soils continued to dry out.

Saturday morning, CDOT re-opened one lane of Highway 325 with temporary traffic control signal lights. Travelers can expect minor delays in this area, but the traditional access and egress to and from Rifle Falls, Rifle Park and the Flat Tops Wilderness area via SH 325 are is now available.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office thanks CDOT, the Forest Service, the City of Rifle and the Rifle Police Department for their efforts in maintaining the safety of the public during this unexpected event. 


July 12, 4 pm
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office – Excessive runoff and the accumulation of underground water has led to the partial collapse of State Highway 325, approximately seven miles above State Highway 13. The collapse, pictured above, occurred Thursday night and initially led to a one lane closure.

Continued sluffing of the embankment has now extended the road collapse past the center line. Effective immediately, State Highway 325 has been closed to all through traffic.

Local traffic will be allowed to pass. Be prepared to identify yourself and your destination before traveling this route. Alternative roads exist through Silt and New Castle to reach destinations normally accessed from State Highway 325. Check with local Forest Service information for directions, maps and further instructions.

July 12, 9:07 am
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reports that Colorado State Highway 325 washed out at mile marker 7, just north of Grass Valley overnight. CDOT crews are managing the incident, and reports it as a large sinkhole in northbound lanes. Expect delays on this route.

Highway 325 road washout at mile marker 7   

Highway 325 reopened

Major rockslide closes Glenwood Canyon

I-70 open both directions to traffic in Glenwood Canyon

5.21.19 at 11:50 a.m. – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reporting that Interstate 70 is open to traffic in both directions in Glenwood Canyon. The westbound lane is limited to a single lane.

5.21.19 at 10:47 a.m. – Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority announced that one eastbound lane of Interstate 70 at mile marker 116 is now open to traffic.

5.21.19 at 7:41 a.m. – Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority alerted the community that I-70 is closed eastbound at mile marker 116 (Glenwood) and westbound at mile marker 131 (Dotsero) for a major rock slide in Glenwood Canyon.

Colorado Department of Transportation reports that there is no estimated time of reopening and motorists should use an alternate route.

Vail Pass is also closed due to safety concerns, with no estimated time of reopening.

Major rockslide closes Glenwood Canyon