STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — One person was caught and buried in an avalanche at Steamboat Resort midday Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Backcountry Skier Killed Near Cameron Pass
On December 8 a backcountry skier was caught, buried, and killed in an avalanche on Diamond Peak. This was the first person killed in an avalanche in Colorado during the 2019-2020 season.
When traveling into the backcountry, pay close attention to the Avalanche Center’s website or mobile app, have avalanche gear and training, and most importantly —
when there are warnings — avoid avalanche terrain altogether. Avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees, he said, and “identify and be aware of terrain traps,” which can be any potential avalanche path that ends in an abrupt terrain change, like a road or a creek bed.
Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.
The KBYG program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50 minute school assembly or class period. Students will see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers.
Colorado Is First State Prepared To Fight Fires From The Air At Night
Our region is leading the way on training helicopter pilots to fight fires at night. There are costs and hazards involved but the move could also help firefighters get the most threatening blazes under control more quickly.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control has trained two pilots so far this year to fly over fire sites with night vision goggles. They work with a ground team that helps guide them.
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****10:15 CABIN FIRE UPDATE****
U.S. Forest Service-Arapaho & Roosevelt Natl Forests Pawnee Natl Grassland Helicopter will be in the area of the Cabin Fire in the next half an hour to dump water on the fire for the next few hours.
*****CABIN FIRE UPDATE**** Smoke will be seen from US HWY 40 near Devil's Thumb Ranch.
As a reminder, please only call 911 for emergencies only. We will be providing information on this fire as new updates become available, and through your cooperation this allows our Dispatch staff to focus on the safety of fire crews in lieu of unnecessary 911 calls
Small fire approximately 100x100. Fire in small fuels is a result of a possible lighting strike.
East Grand Fire Department is on scene at this time. Fire Crews are assessing the situation and monitoring the fire status.
Winds are calm and fire is laying down right now.
Additional Fire Crews will be working on the fire tomorrow Friday 08/23/2019
Currently No Homes are in Danger
No Evacuations are in place
Regular updates will be provided.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
Crews from the East Grand fire department and the Grand County Sheriff Office are in route to a smoke report near the devil’s thumb area.
Press Release for the Cabin Fire.
August 22, 2019 - 10:30pm
On August 22, 2019, at about 7:30 PM, the Grand County Communication’s Center received a smoke report east of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, in unincorporated Grand County.
The East Grand Fire Protection District #4, Grand County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Grand County Office of Emergency Management responded to the area and located a small wildland fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. East Grand Fire crews assessed the fire with the assistance of a nearby USFS helicopter and determined the fire to be approximately 100 x 200 yards in small fuels on private lands, east of the waterboard road. Winds were calm, and as expected the fire was not growing at this time. There are no pre-evacuations or evacuations on place, no structures have been lost, and there have been no injuries. The High Lonesome subdivision is approximately 1 mile away from the fire; however, there is no immediate risk or need for evacuations at this time.
At approximately 9PM, jurisdiction of the fire was transferred from East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth to Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. Sheriff Schroetlin has appointed Deputy Sheriff/Fire Management Officer Paul Mintier as the Incident Commander for the Cabin Fire.
The East Grand Fire District, Grand Fire Protection District, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, US Forest Service, and BLM Fire will be assisting with continued firefighting efforts on Friday, and additional updates will be provided. A US Forest Service Helicopter will also be assisting and additional aerial assets may be used as necessary.
Grand County, in cooperation with your local fire districts, and our state and federal partners consistently monitor fire conditions during wildfire season, and restrictions are initiated when there is scientific evidence to support them. Currently, the fire conditions do not warrant restrictions; however, they will continually be monitoring during and after this fire.
As a reminder, please only call 911 for emergencies only. We will be providing information on this fire as new updates become available, and through your cooperation this allows our Dispatch staff to focus on the safety of fire crews in lieu of unnecessary 911 calls.
Crews continue mop up work on the #LakotaFire today. The fire was contained last evening and remains at 3/10 of an acre. This will be the last update for the fire.
#LakotaFire is now 100 percent contained.
#LakotaFire located east of Winter Park Ski Area is 50 percent contained. Crews continue to make progress and expect containment this evening.
#LakotaFire now 25 percent contained at approximately 1/4 acre. Forest Service crew will remain on scene tonight.
Lakota Fire is burning in some log decks just North West of Lakota in Winter Park. Fire is not in the trees. Approx. 100 x 200 and not growing at this time. No Structures involved.
Personnel from East Grand Fire Protection District #4, Fraser Winter Park Police Department, USFS and deputies on scene.
Small fire on US Forest Service land, waterboard road and Lakota subdivision. East Grand Fire, Fraser Winter Park PD and Grand County SO personnel. Due to the terrain you may see some aircraft activity.
There are NO pre-evacuations or evacuations in place.
****Highway 40 is now open****
Highway 40 Closure at milepost 186
7/18/19 - 8:45pm
Highway 40 Closure at milepost 186
7/18/19 - 5:45pm
Detour for eastbound traffic - From Hwy 9 take County Rd 33 to County Rd 39 then back onto US Hwy 40.
Detour for westbound traffic - From US Hwy 40 take County Rd 39 to County Rd 33 to Hwy 9 then back to US Hwy 40.
The highway will be closed for several hours due to a fatal car accident.
No commercial vehicles will be permitted on the detour route.
The National Weather Service in Denver Colorado has issued a
* Flood Advisory for...
Northeastern Grand County in north central Colorado...
* Until 115 PM MDT Saturday.
* Snowmelt is causing the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National
Park to overflow its banks. A parking lot and two trails have been
closed in the park as low lying areas flood next to or crossing
* Minor flooding will continue over rural areas along headwaters of
the Colorado River in extreme northeast Grand County.
A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.
***Road Closure UPDATE***
Reported by Sheriff Schroetlin who is currently on scene.
EXTENDED TIME CLOSURE
HWY 40 Both Directions
West Bound Hwy 40 Byers Canyon CLOSED
East Bound Hwy 40 Parshall CLOSED
Parshall Divide County Road 20 IS Closed both Directions
NO TRAVEL IS ADVISED on this road.
High Water and Flooding Information
Online search for flood-based resources.
Create Your Family’s Plan
Flood-Proof Landscaping: Protect Your Home and Property
Flash Flooding: How to Survive Flash Floods in Your Car
Food Safety Before, During And After A Power Outage
Steps to Reduce Flood and Water Damage
Fire Bans and Restrictions
It is Memorial Day Weekend soon so please use your resources to find out about fire bans and restriction. Follow this link below for the area you will be camping in. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has a county list and interactive map.
A campfire can be one of the best parts of camping, or provide necessary warmth to hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Just don’t forget your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wildfires.
1 - Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn and dead standing trees — called “snags” — are often homes for birds and other wildlife.
2 - Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
3 - Don’t burn dangerous things like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. They could explode, shatter and/or create harmful fumes or dust.
4 - Keep your fire to a manageable size.
5 - Make sure children and pets are supervised near the fire. Never leave your campfire unattended.
6 - Extinguishing Your Campfire. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible.
7 - Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
8 - If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
9 - With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
10 - Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
11 - Remember: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave
Pack it in, Pack it out.
It is your responsibility to pack out everything that you packed in, including any trash.
Winter Weather Advisory issued May 23 at 5:44AM MDT until May 23 at 6:00PM MDT by NWS Boulder
...MORE SNOW FOR THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS TODAY...
.After a break in the snow this morning, showers will increase again this afternoon. Periods of moderate to heavy snow are expected this afternoon over the mountains, with accumulations mainly above 10,000 feet. This will produce slushy or snow covered roads over the mountain passes.
The heaviest snow overnight was in the mountains around Hoosier Pass, Loveland Pass, and Berthoud Pass, where 3 to 7 inches fell.
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches.
Winds gusting as high as 45 mph over the ridges.
* WHERE...Rocky Mountain National Park and the Medicine Bow Range and The Mountains of Summit County, the Mosquito Range, and the Indian Peaks.
* WHEN...Showers will become numerous and heavy at times this afternoon, then diminish early this evening.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be difficult at times with slushy or snow covered roads.
Awareness in March
Do you know the difference between a Flood Warning and a Flood Watch? A warning means “Take Action Now!” because flooding is imminent or already occurring. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area. http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/watch_warning.shtml #FloodSafety
Awareness in March
Do you know the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning? A warning means “Take Action Now!” because flooding is imminent or already occurring. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area. http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/watch_warning.shtml #FloodSafety
Flood Safety Awareness Month!!
What you should know about Flood Safety
Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.
Awareness in March
March is Red Cross Month!!!!This March We Encourage You to Uncover Your Inner Hero! Donate, Give blood, Take a Class, Become a volunteer. @RedCross #GCOEM #RedCross
"I request that during that month (March) our people rededicate themselves to the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross."
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt - first Presidential Proclamation of March as Red Cross Month, 1943
08:00 Am 03/07/2019- Extreme avalanche danger for the Central Colorado Mountains!!! Colorado Avalanche Information Center Says, "Do Not Travel in the Back Country. Historic avalanches expected to valley floors." For additional information visit https://avalanche.state.co.us/.