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GWS Fire Updates

Aug 8, 2018

A fire closed I-70 Wednesday afternoon near Glenwood Springs. The highway should be reopened in both directions around 5:30 p.m.

The lastest update from the Garfield County Sherriff's Office states that the efforts of the local firefighters have allowed reasonable control of the existing fire area and have stopped the previous spread. Operations will continue into the night to minimize the possibility of any flare-ups.

Pre-evacuation notices have been lifted for Amy's Acres and Mitchell Creek neighberhoods.

Brian Scott PIO/Cache Creek Fire

 A fire broke out eight miles south of Rifle over the weekend. The Cache Creek fire is burning on steep terrain in the White River National Forest. A federal “Type 2” Team will take command of the incident this week. The fire is primarily burning heavy, dead fuels and spreading to the east.

Carbondale fire “suspicious”

Sep 16, 2015
Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Carbondale’s Fire Department says a fire at a community center has raised concerns. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District responded early Wednesday to a small structure fire at the Third Street Center. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now analyzing what may have happened.

Mike Eliason / Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Rifle will soon be home to a new wildland firefighting training center. The Rifle - Garfield County Airport has been chosen to house what’s being called the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. It’s planned to be a research location for testing out aerial firefighting techniques, and will be used by local, state, and federal entities.

Images & Information on Colorado Wildfires

Jun 24, 2013

As emergency crews work to handle fires in several areas around Colorado - there's a place you can go to find more information, as it happens, and see how things are developing.

The Colorado Department of Emergency Management has created a website and mapping tool through google maps.

You can see the Colorado Department of Emergency Management site here. The map is below.

Aspen Public Radio will keep you up to date on-air and on-line as the stories develop.

Fire Officials Urge Caution

Jun 3, 2013
Elise Thatcher

The fire season is underway, with evacuations near Denver for what’s being called the Bluebell Fire. The blaze started yesterday in the Evergreen area, just west of Denver.

Two much smaller fires were reported in the Roaring Fork Valley this weekend. One was up Thompson Creek, near Carbondale. The other was in Aspen City limits, next to Aspen Mountain. Right now, fire danger varies a little along the Roaring Fork Valley. In the Carbondale area it’s moderate, it is low in Aspen.  Ron Leach is Chief of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.  Leach is advising caution.

Fire Officials: It Takes A Village

May 13, 2013
Elise Thatcher

It’s easy to not think about wildfires just yet. But local officials in the Roaring Fork Valley are working together to make sure you’re getting ready for fire season. Fire departments, the red cross, and other emergency services are trying out a way of getting the word out. It’s part of a new national and international effort, to make it easier for people to understand how to get ready for--and survive--wildfire season. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher went to the first meeting in the series, to find out what’s new this year.