From the KMTS News Room:

    • Ward Gulch Fire Expected to be Fully Contained Today Close to 100 firefighters will continue to fight the Ward Gulch Fire north of Rifle Gap State Park today, as preparations are being made to transfer management of the fire from a Type-3 Incident Management Team back to local fire managers.  The size of the fire will likely remain 485 acres. Evacuation Orders and park closures ...
    • Hallmark Channel Show to be Filmed in Telluride DENVER (AP) – The Hallmark Channel says it will film a television series in Telluride this summer, and state officials credit a revamped film incentives program for bringing the show to Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper joined officials from the channel and lawmakers in making the announcement Tuesday. The series “When Calls the Heart” is supposed to be set in ...
    • Radar Shows Tornado at Denver International Airport DENVER (AP) – The National Weather Service says radar shows a tornado briefly touched down over the east runways of Denver International Airport, where thousands of people took shelter in bathrooms and stairwells until a tornado warning passed. There are no immediate reports of damage. Weather service meteorologist Kyle Fredin says a 97 mph gust was measured at ...
    • News, June 18th WARD GULCH FIRE CLOSE TO FULL CONTAINMENT Rifle—The Ward Gulch Fire north of Rifle Gap is now 85 percent contained. Over 200 firefighters made good progress on the 485 acre, lightning-sparked wildfire. State Highway 325 was completely reopened late last night. In addition, Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls State Park and the fish hatchery are now ...
    • News, June 17th FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON WARD GULCH FIRE Rifle—Firefighting crews expect to have the Ward Gulch wildfire north of Rifle 80 percent contained by tonight. The fire, which was ignited by lightning last Friday, has burned 482 acres and forced the evacuation of 25 people from 12 homes. Those residents have been allowed to return to ...
    • Evacuation Order Lifted Along Highway 325 Ward Gulch Fire Managers have lifted the evacuation order for residents who live along State Highway 325.  The road is still closed to non-residents and the evacuation order may be reinstated if the fire changes direction. The fire grew to 485 acres today and is currently 65% contained. Rifle Falls State Park and Rifle Mountain Park remain ...
    • Expect Lots of Fire Aircraft in the Air Again Today The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit says you can expect a lot of air activity again today as firefighters continue to battle the Ward Gulch Fire as well as fires in Moab and Craig. Ward Gulch commanders say they are optimistic about their progress over the last day.
    • June 16 Ward Gulch Fire Update Due to more accurate mapping of the fire area, officials have now adjusted the total area burned by the Ward Gulch Fire up to 682 acres.  The size of the fire has not changed significantly, just the mapping method, making the size estimate more accurate.  They say the fire remains 15% contained, but it has not crossed ...
    • Anvil Points Fire Around 3:00 this afternoon, a new fire was discovered, now called the Anvil Points fire.  Officials with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit say it's about an acre in size.  Many of the same aircraft working on the Ward Gulch Fire are dropping water and retardant on this fire.  They are said to be making ...
    • Ward Gulch Update from Incident Commander Ward Gulch Fire Incident Commander, Jeff Berino, gave the following update to reporters earlier today.  Stay tuned for additional information. (We apologize for the intermittent interference.)

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