Third Water Springs Fire, North West of DeBeque

De Beque, Colo. –  Lightning caused firefighters to work on the Third Water Springs Fire approximately 25 miles up Roan Creek Road on Kimball Mountain northwest of De Beque. 

The fire was reported at 1:15 pm yesterday.  It is currently estimated to be roughly 150 acres in size. 

There are seven engines, one water tender, five Type II crews, air attack, and two helicopters (one Type II and one Type III) on scene this morning.  The fire is burning in a steep, mountainous area of Garfield County in grass and pinyon-juniper vegetation. The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management public lands.

There is no current containment on this fire. 

Fire information about the Third Water Springs Fire is available by calling 970 244-3104.

Pine Ridge Fire Update - 8:45 PM, June 29, 2012

Firefighters doubled their containment on the Pine Ridge Fire and halted its advance at the Colorado River. Containment now stands at 10%.

The fire's growth was slowed significantly today; however, exact figures will not be available until after a crew conducts infrared analysis tonight. Three unoccupied tents and campers were destroyed when the fire crossed Mustang Ranch Thursday. Cost of the lost structures is unknown. The area is unsafe for owners of those structures to return at this time.

Crews built on overnight success by adding containment on the westernmost portion of the fire near its origin referred to as the fire's heel. Firefighters hope to advance on the footholds created by their containment. Crews from Saskatchewan provided much needed fire retardant today from two air tankers and a spotter airplane owned by the Canadian government. A total of four air tankers provided support today.

A Type 1 Incident crew has arrived and will assume responsibility of fighting this blaze at 6:00 a.m. Saturday. The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Team will begin operations led by the former Incident Commander of the High Park Fire.

There are currently no new evacuations or pre-evacuation orders in place.

For information about preparing for possible evacuations, log on to or visit for more information regarding the fire.

Advice Regarding How to Prepare for a Fire Emergency

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, White River National Forest

Glenwood Springs, CO ( Friday, June 29,2012 ) – Colorado is on fire!  If you have been following the news about the wildfires in Colorado, you might believe that the entire state is on fire.  Yes, there are several major fires burning in Colorado and yes, these fires are impacting the people who live in or near these fires.  Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, often on very short notice as the fires show unprecedented and unexpected fire behavior.  The truth is that much of Colorado is not on fire and while conditions are critical, with a little forethought and caution, residents and visitors alike can continue to use and enjoy Colorado’s public lands.

Fire conditions on Colorado’s western slope are as severe as those on the Front Range.  We are seeing fire indicators that we have not seen since 2002.  The current fire restrictions are intended to reduce the possibility of human caused fires so that fire management agencies can focus resources on the naturally caused fires that are likely to occur.

While the fire management agencies at all levels of government (local, county, state and federal) work to manage existing fires and prepare for future fires, there are several things local residents can be doing to support the efforts of the wildland fire agencies.  First and foremost, know, understand and abide by the fire restrictions that have been put into effect thus far and be prepared for additional restrictions should conditions not moderate.

My sympathies go out to all of the people who have been forced to evacuate from their homes as a result of the various fires across Colorado.  Not knowing what to take, where to go or what to expect when one returns home has to be very stressful on everyone.  No matter how well prepared anyone might be, there will still be trauma when you have to evacuate a home no matter what the cause might be.  Having said that, there are some things that can be done to ease the trauma of evacuation.  The most important is to have a plan; a plan that involves the entire family.  Here are just a few things to consider when developing an evacuation plan:

  1.       Have your important papers in one easily transported container and in a central location.
  2.       Have medications and health care supplies in a central location.
  3.       Have three to five days of clothing for yourself and all members of the family.
  4.       Have a list of family heirlooms that you would take with you.
  5.       If you have animals (pets or livestock) know where you would take them so they can be cared for appropriately.  In some situations, you might not  be able to have pets with you in an evacuation center.
  6.       Have a family communications plan and rendezvous location prearranged.

Additional information on preparing for an evacuation can be found on the website for the County Sheriff in your county.  Additionally, most counties have a process by which you can register to receive emergency notifications via your cell phone or email.  I encourage anyone living in areas potentially threatened by wildfire to sign up for these notifications.

I hope that you will take a few minutes and do your part to help the wildland fire agencies prepare for what we all hope is the unlikely event that you may be asked to evacuate you home because it is threatened by an advancing wildfire.

Contacts: Pat Thrasher (970-247-6221)

Movie Under the Stars, Friday, June 29, 2012, Free to All

The Movie Under the Stars Series continues on Friday, June 29, 2012 with Dolphin Tale.  The movie, which is FREE will begin at sundown.  Bring your blanket or chairs and join the fun on the lawn at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.  Popcorn and pop will be for sale after 7:30 PM.  Sponsored by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Pine Ridge Fire Update - 12:20 pm, June 29, 2012

Firefighters conducted a successful burnout operation on the northeast flank of the fire, which created a fire break between the active fire and the Town of De Beque. Firefighters are continuing to secure this containment line today.

The evacuation order for the area east of I-70, west of 45 1/2 Road, and south of U Road remains in place. An evacuation center is set up at Palisade High School. For information about how to prepare for a possible evacuation, go to

Firefighters working the Pine Ridge Fire today are focusing on keeping the fire west of Interstate 70 and out of developed areas.

Interstate 70 is currently open in this area, but intermittent closures are expected today due to firefighting activity and smoke. Traffic has been diverted around I-70 between mile markers 62 and 49, but this detour could also be closed if the fire crosses I-70 or the smoke becomes an issue.

The fire is currently estimated at approximately 12,000 acres with 5 percent containment. Two helicopters are supporting firefighters today, and four air tankers are available.

Firefighters worked into the night last night burning out a fireline on the northeast side of the fire to help protect the Town of De Beque. They are continuing to secure that line today.

The evacuation on the southeast side of De Beque remains in place (south of U Road, west of 45.5 Road and east of I-70).

About 35 oil and gas wells are in the affected area of the fire. The operators have shut-in the wells, which means they are not producing oil and gas.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire tomorrow morning.

Source:InciWebClick here for more information


I-70 between mile marker 62 and mile marker 32 has reopened lane in each direction.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has opened one lane of Interstate 70 in each direction between mile marker 62 and mile marker 32. 

The Pine Ridge Fire has grown to 10,000 acres and is 0% contained

Garfield County Public Information ( has reported that the Pine Ridge Fire is at 10,000 acres and is growing on every perimeter and it is 0% contained. The fire has reached the Colorado River on the South side and I-70 on the East side.  Additional information is available at

A Great Source for information regarding the Pine Ridge fire is the Garfield Public Information Website

If you are looking for information regarding the Pine Ridge fire or other information that is important to Garfield County residents, we suggest that you check out the Garfield County Public Information website for up to date, accurate information:

An Evacuation Order has been issued for the Town of Debeque, South of S 1/2 Road, West of 45.5 Road and East of I-70


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation to all  residence and business south of S ½ road, west of 45.5 Rd and east of I 70.

Those affected by this evacuation should leave the area immediately via the De Beque Cutoff  and travel towards the town of Mesa then take HWY 65 back to I70.  Evacuees can go to Palisade High School.    

All others should avoid I 70.  

Fire behavior is considered extreme with wind conditions not set to diminish for some time. 

Debeque is approximately 15 miles West of Battlement Mesa/Parachute.

2012 Wildfire Season Public Meeting, Monday, July 2, 2012, 7 PM, Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Station #1, 244 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement, Mesa.

A Public Meeting to discuss the 2012 Wildfire Season will be held on Monday, July 2, 2012, at 7 PM, at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement, Mesa.  The 2012 Wildfire Season will be discussed and information will be presented about how residents can take property mitigation actions which may assist a structures survivability in the event of a fire.  All residents are encouraged to attend. 


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