• Firefighters Challenged by Cache Creek Fire Rifle—The Cache Creek Fire southwest of Rifle is going to kick up a lot of smoke for a long time.  Fire Operations Chief Jim Genung informed a packed house at last night’s public information meeting in Battlement Mesa that due to the challenging conditions and terrain, the size of the fire grew to over 2,500 ...
  • Truck Fire Near Glenwood Vapor Caves Closes I-70 Glenwood Springs—A late morning truck fire near the vapor caves shut down westbound I-70 for over an hour Thursday.  According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, a mechanical failure in the pickup truck’s gas tank caused the vehicle to erupt in flames that also sparked a small brush fire near the bike path.  ...
  • Garfield Commissioners Meet with Parachute Trustees Parachute—Town leaders in Parachute believe the future is bright for the community.  During a workshop last night, the board of trustees talked about ways the county can continue to partner with the town to address certain needs and projects to strengthen the local economy. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says extending transit service to Parachute with a ...
  • I-70 Closed in Both Directions 7:00Pm – Interstate 70 has reopened with one west bound lane closed in the area of the fire.  The fire grew to about 25 acres, and crews are setting back burns to prevent the fire hot spots from spreading.  At this time, officials believe the fire was human caused, but they have not provided any ...
  • Cache Creek Fire Grows Rifle—Last night, an unmistakable orange glow could be seen from New Castle to Rulison.  It was coming from the Cache Creek Fire, 8 miles southwest of Rifle.  The fire that’s been burning since July 28th, was kicked up a little last night by winds and passing storms that caused spot fires across the line on ...
  • Cabin Lake Fire Spreads by 250 Acres Meeker—The Buford/New Castle Road is closed once again due to the sudden growth of the Cabin Lake Fire over the weekend.  Officials say County Road 17 is closed at the County Road 10 intersection and south to the Meadow Lake Campground turnoff.  A wind shift created long and short term spotting conditions and active fire ...
  • 113 Fire Update Glenwood Springs—The 113 Fire in South Canyon is still burning but it is 70 percent contained.  According to the latest report from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the fire scorched 4 and a half acres Wednesday afternoon.  The growth of the fire was minimized thanks to quick action by local firefighting crews from Glenwood Springs, ...
  • Cabin Lake and Cache Creek Fire Updates Glenwood Springs—The Cabin Lake Fire is still active but crews are getting the upper hand with 70 percent containment.  The nearly two-week old fire has burned 1,160 acres.  Rio Blanco County Road 17, the Buford/New Castle Road is open to through traffic only with no stopping allowed.    The Cache Creek Fire southwest of Rifle grew ...
  • I-70 Closed Due to Wildfire Around 9:00, all lanes of Interstate 70 were opened. Traffic returned to normal by 10:30. ~5:00PM: Left lane is open westbound. 4:30PM: Eastbound I-70 is open. Commercial traffic is being held at Dotsero (exit 133). I-70 westbound remains closed at West Glenwood (exit 114). 3:55PM: Eastbound I-70 and Colorado River closed due to helicopter operations. 2:52PM: Pre-evacuation notice for ...
  • 7-31 Fire Update The Cache Creek Fire, eight miles southwest of Rifle, has burned 400 acres and is 0%contained. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Type 2 Blue Team took over operations this morning at 6. While structures are within a couple miles of the fire, they are not considered threatened at this time.   The Lake Christine Fire has burned ...