Monday, July 28, 2014

ARIAL FLOOD ADVISORY for La Plata County for heavy rain. Watch for debris and water on the roads




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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
529 PM MDT MON JUL 28 2014

COC067-290230-
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LA PLATA CO-
529 PM MDT MON JUL 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION  HAS ISSUED A

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  CENTRAL LA PLATA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

* UNTIL 830 PM MDT

* AT 529 PM MDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO
  THUNDERSTORMS. THIS WILL CAUSE URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IN
  THE ADVISORY AREA.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  DURANGO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

&&

LAT...LON 3734 10775 3725 10774 3726 10790 3734 10790

$$

TGR

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect from the NWS noon through midnight for potentially heavy rain across the region.

Stormy and wet weather are expected to continue through Wednesday, but are to be particularly heavy today.

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
434 AM MDT MON JUL 28 2014

COZ006-UTZ027-282200-
/O.EXA.KGJT.FF.A.0004.140728T1800Z-140729T0600Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
GRAND VALLEY-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...PALISADE...
MOAB...CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS
434 AM MDT MON JUL 28 2014

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS EXPANDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL COLORADO
AND EAST CENTRAL UTAH...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
WEST CENTRAL COLORADO...GRAND VALLEY. IN EAST CENTRAL UTAH...
ARCHES/GRAND FLAT.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE MONDAY DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL FROM
MONSOONAL MOISTURE AND A DISTURBANCE THAT WILL MOVE NORTH OVER
THE AREA. STORMS WILL ALSO BE SLOW MOVING FURTHER INCREASING
FLASH FLOODING RISKS.

* DEBRIS AND MUD FLOWS WILL BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY NEAR OLD BURN
SCARS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

$$

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/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/
GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN- WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY- UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE- NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER- FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN- SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS- CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SKYWAY...CEDAREDGE...DELTA...
HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...CRESTED BUTTE...TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...
GUNNISON...CIMARRON...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...
LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...
CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...
PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...
MONTICELLO AND VICINITY
434 AM MDT MON JUL 28 2014

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF COLORADO AND SOUTHEAST UTAH...INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING AREAS...IN COLORADO...ANIMAS RIVER BASIN...CENTRAL
GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN...FOUR CORNERS/UPPER
DOLORES RIVER...GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS...NORTHWEST SAN
JUAN MOUNTAINS...PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER...SAN JUAN
RIVER BASIN...SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS...UNCOMPAHGRE
PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE...UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY AND
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS. IN SOUTHEAST UTAH...
CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES...LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS AND
SOUTHEAST UTAH.

* FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

* FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE MONDAY DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL FROM
MONSOONAL MOISTURE AND A DISTURBANCE THAT WILL MOVE NORTH OVER
THE AREA. STORMS WILL ALSO BE SLOW MOVING FURTHER INCREASING
FLASH FLOODING RISKS.

* DEBRIS AND MUD FLOWS WILL BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY NEAR OLD BURN
SCARS INCLUDING THE PAPOOSE BURN SCAR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

&&

$$

www.weather.gov/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weather Svc Statement: Strong thunderstorms headed our way





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SPSGJT

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
657 PM MDT TUE JUL 15 2014
 
COZ017>021-UTZ028-160145-
PARADOX VALLEY/LITTLE DOLORES RIVER-FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES
RIVER-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU/DALLAS DIVIDE-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN
MOUNTAINS-NORTHWESTERN SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-
657 PM MDT TUE JUL 15 2014

..A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF WESTERN
MONTROSE...SAN MIGUEL AND WESTERN DOLORES COUNTIES OVER THE NEXT
HOURS...

AT 652 PM MDT...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SLICK ROCK TO 8 MILES WEST OF
NATURITA TO 14 MILES NORTHEAST OF NUCLA...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20
MPH.

WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH AND PEA SIZE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH SOME
OF THE STRONGER STORMS. HEAVY RAINFALL AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING ARE
LIKELY HOWEVER WITH THIS LINE OF STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
DOVE CREEK...NUCLA...NATURITA...NORWOOD...SLICK ROCK...REDVALE...
VANCORUM AND EGNAR.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

LAT...LON 3766 10890 3799 10854 3816 10802 3849 10832
      3827 10877 3800 10916
TIME...MOT...LOC 0052Z 328DEG 18KT 3797 10905 3821 10872 3840 10836

$$

15

www.weather.gov/

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fed Dispatch: Air and Ground Crews Responding to Wildfires North of US Hwy 160

From Federal Dispatch

 

DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH

U.S. Forest Service w Bureau of Land Management w National Park Service w Bureau of Indian Affairs w Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 10, 2014, 2:10 pm

Air and Ground Crews Responding to Wildfires North of US Highway 160

 

DURANGO – A helicopter and ground crews are working the KV Fire about one and a half miles north of US Highway 160 up the First Fork Road on the San Juan National Forest.  The lightning-caused wildfire, which is headed uphill on the west side of the Piedra River, is now estimated at about five acres in size.  Gusty winds are expected in the area, and the fire could threaten nearby power lines and communication lines to the south.  La Plata Electric Association has been notified and is on site.  The fire is not threatening any other structures at this time. 

 

A helicopter and a single engine air tanker (SEAT) are working the fire, as is one 20-person ground crew.  Another SEAT, two heavy air tankers, and additional firefighting crews, including a hot shot team, have been ordered. The fire was ignited last night by lightning, along with two other small fires, also burning near the First Fork Road.  One of those is currently estimated at ¼ acre and the other at 1/10th of an acre.  The firefighting effort is addressing these smaller fires in addition to the KV Fire.

 

/Ann Bond

Public Affairs Specialist

San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Court

Durango, CO 81301

970 385-1219

970 799-1210

 

 

 





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FLASH FLOOD WATCH continues for #LaPlataCo so watch out for fire?

Storms are expected to be a repeat of yesterday with moisture building though the afternoon. Widespread thunderstorms are expected across the region with the potential for heavy downpours at times.

Why watch for fires when a flash flood watch is in effect? The type of storm systems we have at this time of year are usually scattered and potentially intense. You might get an inch of rain in a half hour while down the road gets nothing. There are areas around the County that have not seen any significant rain in months, even with these recent storms. With the intensity of summer thunderstorms, lighting is a big concern. It often strikes on the outskirts of the storms where ground may be dry. Fires can start many days after a strike. We've seen fires smolder in roots for up to 14 days before emerging on a hot day! Residents in the South half of La Plata County are all too familiar with lightning fires.
So with more storms comes more lightning; watch for fire.

Want to know more about lightning? Colorado Lightning Safety

Here are some quick tips:

  • In the mountains lighting can strike anywhere and can strike before you see clouds. Watch weather forecasting and plan your trip around when storms build. Don't wait till you see the thunderheads build to get off the peaks.
  • Don't hide under a tree as shelter from the rain. Do bring gear to manage the elements and get lower when lightning is coming.
  • If you are going into the mountains for extended periods, get a small weather radio. Many family radios have weather radio receivers. You won't get an alert like in tornado country so listen to the recording several times throughout the day to get updated info. 
  • Lightning travels around the outside surface of things (mostly). If you are in a car, close the windows and keep inside. If you are in a structure stay away from anything that can conduct lightning like faucets, hanging lamps, anything plugged in. 
  • If you are stuck outside move to lower ground. If you feel the static charge of a coming strike, get away from tall or metal things and squat onto your toes. A clump of trees is likely safer than a single tree. 

These pictures are from a sudden intense deluge over a couple of square acres just a few Septembers ago. Don't be caught off guard!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FLASH FLOOD WATCH issued for much of western Colorado Wednesday through Friday

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO

227 PM MDT TUE JUL 8 2014

 

COZ006-007-009-011-017>023-UTZ022-027>029-091230-

/O.NEW.KGJT.FF.A.0001.140709T2100Z-140712T0600Z/

/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/

GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS- CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN- UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE- NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS- PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER- FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN- SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT- LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...PALISADE...

RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...SKYWAY...CEDAREDGE...DELTA...

HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...

LAKE CITY...SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...

CORTEZ...DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...

PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...

MOAB...CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS...MONTICELLO AND VICINITY

227 PM MDT TUE JUL 8 2014

 

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A

 

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF COLORADO AND UTAH...

  INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN COLORADO...ANIMAS RIVER

  BASIN...CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN...

  DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR...FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER...

  GRAND VALLEY...GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS...NORTHWEST SAN JUAN

  MOUNTAINS...PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER...SAN JUAN

  RIVER BASIN...SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND UNCOMPAHGRE

  PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE. IN UTAH...ARCHES/GRAND FLAT...

  CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES...LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS AND

  SOUTHEAST UTAH.

 

* FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING

 

* THE COMBINATION OF DEEP MOISTURE AND SLOW STORM MOTION WILL

  PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL OVER SOUTHEAST UTAH AND SOUTHWEST

  COLORADO WEDNESDAY...THURSDAY...AND FRIDAY. THE GREATEST THREAT

  OF FLASH FLOODING WILL BE IN THE FOUR CORNERS REGION LATE EACH

  AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

 

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

 

&&

 

$$

 

JOE

 

www.weather.gov/

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If you go in the woods, take the proper gear. Get CORSAR and be prepared for the worst.

If you get lost, hurt, sick or stuck and can't get out of the woods on your own, the Sheriffs of Colorado have the statutory obligation to perform search and rescue operations to get you out. This goes for every inch of the County except tribal land. The portions of San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness in La Plata County are covered by the County Sheriff. In La Plata County as with most Colorado counties, Sheriff Schirard has organized volunteers to perform this duty.

La Plata County Search and Rescue is a nonprofit organization that funds its training and equipment through donations and grants. It's volunteers that are the ones spending their time away from home and loved ones to train and respond for others. Often times this comes at personal risk and personal expense, but never ask anything in return. Butch Knowlton with the Sheriff's Dept. and Emergency Management gives oversight and guidance to the group for the County.

Some things are not free, like helicopters and planes to find you or transport people and gear to you or to get you out. The Sheriff pays for those expenses through County funds. We don't charge you for those costs on searches and rescues. At $1500 to $5000 per hour, those helicopters can add up fast over the year or on a single mission. Our only hope to recover some of those costs is through the Colorado Outdoor Search and Rescue Fund. If you have a hunting or fishing license, if you registered an OHV (ATV, UTV, dirtbike or snowmobile), or if you purchased a CORSAR card from an outdoor retailer; then you could potentially save the County thousands of dollars. The fund can also pay for equipment lost or damaged helping you or a family member, whether the equipment was team or volunteer owned. It can pay for things like fuel to transport volunteers' horses or ATVs. Every penny left over at the end of the year goes back to training and equipment for the volunteer teams across the state. For the anti-government types, the fund doesn't pay for county salaries or to operate county owned equipment.

Some things can be charged like medical transport from ambulance service or fire district, or if in connection to criminal activity.

Colorado's CORSAR program is considered one of the most accepted and successful programs in the Country. EVERYONE who goes onto public land of any sort in Colorado should be sure to have paid into the fund that supports the volunteers who will come to save you the day you need it.

So far in 2014, La Plata County Search and Rescue has rescued 6 mountain bikers, 9 climbers, 1 horseback rider, 4 lost hikers, 2 stuck in a 4x4, 2 swimmers, and 2 out of bounds skiers. All but 4 people rescued could be considered experts in their sport. So far, we only know of 4 out of the 26 people rescued who paid into the CORSAR fund.

Get CORSAR now. $3 per year or $12 for 5 years
Donate to the LPCSAR Team

Get more info on back country preparedness http://laplatacountyoem.blogspot.com/2012/03/back-country-tips-from-la-plata-county.html

FIRE WEATHER WATCH issued for July 3 for dry thunderstorms and gusty outflow wind

La Plata County has not issued any fire restrictions, however this does not mean that fire danger isn't very high throughout the region. As always this time of year, be extremely careful if you use any flame or sparks. Take extra care to be sure every ember is out cold.

COZ207-020500-
/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.A.0015.140703T1800Z-140704T0300Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
251 PM MDT TUE JUL 1 2014

..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH BELOW 9500 FEET FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* THUNDERSTORMS...HIGH BASED THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP
OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND MOVE INTO VALLEYS
EARLY THURSDAY EVENING. FREQUENT DRY LIGHTNING IS POSSIBLE AS
WELL AS GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS.

* OUTFLOW WINDS...ERRATIC GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH NEAR ANY STORMS.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF DRY LIGHTNING...LOW HUMIDITY...AND
GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS AFTER AN EXTENDED DRY PERIOD WILL INCREASE
THE LIKELIHOOD OF WILDFIRE STARTS.* THUNDERSTORMS...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING continues through 9PM for #LaPlataCo

PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE. Fuels are drying rapidly and only wait for a spark to take off. Recognize the risks around you. Remember to make sure your campfires are really out. The area has had a number of near misses from unattended campfires recently.
Here's a great tip about putting your fire out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4INLiTHlh2I Drown, stir, drown, feel.

Fires make sparks, plan ahead.


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RFWGJT

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
336 PM MDT THU JUN 26 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...HIGH HAINES INDEX AND DRY FUELS FOR COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200...202...WESTERN 203...290... 292 AND WESTERN 207...

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR NORTHEAST UTAH FIRE WEATHER ZONES 486 AND 487 BELOW 6500 FEET...

$$

COZ207-270300-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0021.000000T0000Z-140627T0300Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
336 PM MDT THU JUN 26 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...HIGH HAINES INDEX AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET AND WEST OF DURANGO...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500
FEET AND WEST OF DURANGO...THE DURANGO FORECAST AREA.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...8 TO 13 PERCENT.

* HAINES INDEX...6 HIGH.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY MAY MAKE ANY WILDFIRE STARTS DIFFICULT TO CONTROL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

&&

$$

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING continues through Wednesday in addition to Wind Advisory for 50mph gusts

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
309 PM MDT TUE JUN 17 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200...202...203...290...292...293...AND ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7PM WEDNESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

COZ207-180515-
/O.UPG.KGJT.FW.A.0012.140618T1800Z-140619T0300Z/
/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.W.0020.140618T1800Z-140619T0100Z/
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0019.000000T0000Z-140618T0300Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
309 PM MDT TUE JUN 17 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...
..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM MDT WEDNESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE
207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING BELOW 9500 FEET FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM MDT WEDNESDAY.
THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...8 TO 13 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

&&

$$


FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Monday, June 16, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING Today and Tues, FIRE WEATHER WATCH for Wed. - Hot-Dry-Windy to continue

Fire restrictions are not in place, yet. Big and little fuels from trees to grasses at lower elevations are drying out very quickly and fire will be capable of spreading quickly. Upper elevations are doing a bit better, but are drying just the same. Tomorrow will make 5 Red Flag Days in a row wednesday will likely make 6. Don't burn, even at night until conditions improve.

 

WWUS85 KGJT 162054

RFWGJT

 

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO

254 PM MDT MON JUN 16 2014

 

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MDT MONDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES

200...202...203...290...292...293 AND ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

 

..RED FLAG WARNING EFFECT IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR COLORADO FIRE WEATHER ZONES 200...202...203...290...292...293 AND ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

 

..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

 

 

COZ207-170500-

/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.A.0012.140618T1800Z-140619T0300Z/

/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0018.000000T0000Z-140617T0500Z/

/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0019.140617T1500Z-140618T0300Z/

DURANGO FORECAST AREA-

254 PM MDT MON JUN 16 2014

 

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH BELOW 9500 FEET FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...

AND DRY FUELS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

 

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO

  FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

 

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

 

* HUMIDITY...5 TO 10 PERCENT.

 

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

 

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

 

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

 

&&

 

$$

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...

HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

 

www.weather.gov/

Smoke in SW Colo from fire near Gallup, NM - News from @SanJuanNF

DURANGO INTERAGENCY FIRE DISPATCH

U.S. Forest Service w Bureau of Land Management w National Park Service w Bureau of Indian Affairs w Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 16, 2014, 8:55am

Smoke in Southwestern Colorado Coming from Fire near Gallup, New Mexico

 

DURANGO – The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that the smoke in southwestern Colorado is coming from the Assayi Lake 1 Fire, which is burning northwest of Gallup, New Mexico, about 100 miles southwest of Durango.  Due to our current weather pattern, residents should expect to see a smoky haze in the area for the next several days from this fire, which was estimated last night at approximately 600 acres.  Several hundred firefighters and aircraft are currently assigned to the fire, which is burning in pinon/juniper and brush on the Navajo Nation.

 

Southwestern Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning today and tomorrow, due to forecasted low humidity and high winds. So far this season, the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center has responded to five small fires across public lands in southwestern Colorado.  Although no fire restrictions are yet in place, residents and visitors are reminded to be careful with fire.

 

San Juan National Forest

15 Burnett Court

Durango, CO 81301

 

 

 

 



Saturday, June 14, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING continues through Monday in #laplataco

Please be careful. Help visitors understand the danger.  



WWUS85 KGJT 142052
RFWGJT

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
252 PM MDT SAT JUN 14 2014





COZ207-150945-
/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.A.0010.140616T1700Z-140617T0300Z/
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0016.000000T0000Z-140615T0300Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
252 PM MDT SAT JUN 14 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING
FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...
..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A FIRE
WEATHER WATCH BELOW 9500 FEET FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...
AND DRY FUELS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
  FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH ENDING
  THIS EVENING...AND POSSIBLY REDEVELOPING AS STRONG MONDAY
  AFTERNOON.

* HUMIDITY...7 TO 12 PERCENT THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING...THEN
  FALLING TO THESE LEVELS AGAIN MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

COZ203-292-293-150945-
/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.A.0010.140616T1700Z-140617T0300Z/
GRAND JUNCTION FORECAST AREA-NORTH FORK FORECAST AREA-
GUNNISON BASIN FORECAST AREA-
252 PM MDT SAT JUN 14 2014

..FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
MONDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR
FIRE WEATHER ZONES 203...292 AND 293...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A FIRE
WEATHER WATCH FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS...
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 203 GRAND
  JUNCTION FORECAST AREA...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 292 NORTH FORK
  FORECAST AREA AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 293 GUNNISON BASIN
  FORECAST AREA.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...9 TO 14 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Thursday, June 12, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING issued by weather Service for Friday in #laplataco

DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
1223 PM MDT THU JUN 12 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR
GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE
207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A RED
FLAG WARNING BELOW 9500 FEET FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND
DRY FUELS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 9 PM MDT FRIDAY. THE
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
  FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...7 TO 12 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...CONDITIONS WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR RAPID FIRE SPREAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

La Plata County Government and local Fire Districts enter a new era of cooperative fire fighting!

Today the Board of County Commissioners approved the agreement between the County and the Fire Districts that outlines how we respond, manage and pay for wildfire on all Unincorporated Non-Federal land in La Plata County. We hope this will  be a model across the State as agreements are updated between the State and Counties.

 

With the Agreement approved, all fires on unincorporated non-federal land will be treated the same, a Cooperative Fire. Fire districts are responsible for managing and responding to wildfires and will provide mutual aid between each other, the County will be responsible for providing public information, evacuations, water trucks, mapping, food, water aand toilets at the request of the fire districts. On larger, dangerous or more complicated fires the County and Chief (of the affected district/s) will work cooperatively to meet each other's needs, address each other's responsibilities and give objectives to the incident.

 

We have always supported each other in the past. This Agreement builds on our long standing relationships and clarifies our roles and responsibilities. It increases our ability to fight fire, manage resources and protect the community. It supports the fire experts in being charge of fire and the public safety experts being in charge of the public well being; cooperatively.  

 

In Colorado the Sheriff is the Fire Warden on all Unincorporated Non-Federal land in the County and is responsible to essentially back up the fire districts on fires. Fire districts form by the will of the people and are responsible to fight fires in their districts to the best of their ability. When a fire is beyond the ability of a district, the Chief requests that the Sheriff take responsibility for the fire. When a fire is beyond the capability of the Sheriff and the Districts, the Sheriff may request that the State take responsibility for management and cost of suppression. This Agreement places all local resources on a fire together to extend our abilities beyond what each could do separately.

 

Federal agencies, USFS, BLM and BIA, are responsible for fires on federal land including tribal. On fires that cross federal boundaries, we all (districts, county, state and feds) work cooperatively to manage the fires, suppress flames and protect people and property.

 

La Plata County's local responders are a family and work together to protect our community. The County and the fire chiefs have worked for several years to come to this agreement and we should all be proud of the achievement. Few counties across the State have such an agreement, but that should change quickly. We are also working hard with many other counties to recreate the agreement between the County and State called the "Cooperative Agreement", update the State's Emergency Fire Fund, expand the State's Wildland Emergency Response Fund, support the State aerial fleet, and improve operating guidelines between all fire agencies.

 

Wildfires are changing in La Plata County and across the State. We are at the leading edge of changing how fires are responded to across the State to get ahead of the bigger and more expensive fires experienced across the landscape.

 

A big thanks and congratulations to the:

Our Chiefs: Dan Noonan DFPD, Bruce Evans UPRFPD, Larry Behrens LPFPD, and Chris Anderson FLMFPD

La Plata County's Team: Butch Knowlton LPC SO and OEM; Tom McNamara, LPC OEM; Sheryl Rogers and Adam Smith LPC Attorneys; Joe Kerby, LPC County Manager

and Ryan McCulley, Colorado State Fire Management Officer for DFPC Southwest Region

 

Tom McNamara

La Plata County

Emergency Management Coordinator

 

 

 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING and WIND ADVISORY this afternoon for #laplataco



-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/06/08 06:11 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENRFWGJT

WWUS85 KGJT 081211
RFWGJT

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
611 AM MDT SUN JUN 8 2014


COZ207-082015-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0014.140608T2000Z-140609T0300Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
611 AM MDT SUN JUN 8 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS AND GUSTY OUTFLOW
WINDS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
  FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...12 TO 17 PERCENT.

* WEATHER...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER THIS PROLONGED DRY
  PERIOD MAY CONTRIBUTE TO FIRE STARTS.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Monday, June 2, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING issued by @NWSGJT for Durango area Tuesday - LOW Humidity+Dry Fuels+Wind =FIRE!

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
305 PM MDT MON JUN 2 2014

COZ207-291-030600-
/O.UPG.KGJT.FW.A.0007.140603T1800Z-140604T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KGJT.FW.W.0013.140603T1700Z-140604T0200Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-NORTHERN SAN JUAN FORECAST AREA-
305 PM MDT MON JUN 2 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 8 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES
207 AND 291 BELOW 9500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND JUNCTION HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING BELOW 9500 FEET FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 8 PM MDT TUESDAY.
THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
FORECAST AREA...AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 291 NORTHERN SAN JUAN
FORECAST AREA...BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS 25 TO 30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...5 TO 10 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SPREAD RAPIDLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR.
LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Thursday, May 22, 2014

NWS issues Special Weather Statement for very wet weather in SW CO

Be ready for the elements even if you are in an event this weekend. 


-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/05/22 12:26 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENSPSGJT

WWUS85 KGJT 221825
SPSGJT

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
1225 PM MDT THU MAY 22 2014

COZ001>014-017>023-UTZ022>025-027>029-230630-
LOWER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-CENTRAL YAMPA RIVER BASIN-
ROAN AND TAVAPUTS PLATEAUS-ELKHEAD AND PARK MOUNTAINS-
UPPER YAMPA RIVER BASIN-GRAND VALLEY-DEBEQUE TO SILT CORRIDOR-
CENTRAL COLORADO RIVER BASIN-GRAND AND BATTLEMENT MESAS-
GORE AND ELK MOUNTAINS/CENTRAL MOUNTAIN VALLEYS-
CENTRAL GUNNISON AND UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER BASIN-
WEST ELK AND SAWATCH MOUNTAINS-FLATTOPS-
UPPER GUNNISON RIVER VALLEY-UNCOMPAHGRE PLATEAU AND DALLAS DIVIDE-
NORTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-SOUTHWEST SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS-
PARADOX VALLEY/LOWER DOLORES RIVER-
FOUR CORNERS/UPPER DOLORES RIVER-ANIMAS RIVER BASIN-
SAN JUAN RIVER BASIN-SOUTHEAST UTAH-EASTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS-
EASTERN UINTA BASIN-TAVAPUTS PLATEAU-ARCHES/GRAND FLAT-
LA SAL AND ABAJO MOUNTAINS-CANYONLANDS/NATURAL BRIDGES-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...RANGELY...DINOSAUR...CRAIG...HAYDEN...
MEEKER...RIO BLANCO...COLUMBINE...TOPONAS...
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS AND VICINITY...GRAND JUNCTION...FRUITA...
PALISADE...RIFLE...SILT...PARACHUTE...MESA...GLENWOOD SPRINGS...
EAGLE...CARBONDALE...SKYWAY...ASPEN...VAIL...SNOWMASS...
CEDAREDGE...DELTA...HOTCHKISS...MONTROSE...CRESTED BUTTE...
TAYLOR PARK...MARBLE...BUFORD...TRAPPERS LAKE...GUNNISON...
CIMARRON...RIDGWAY...GLADE PARK...OURAY...TELLURIDE...LAKE CITY...
SILVERTON...RICO...HESPERUS...GATEWAY...NUCLA...CORTEZ...
DOVE CREEK...MANCOS...DURANGO...BAYFIELD...IGNACIO...
PAGOSA SPRINGS AND VICINITY...BLANDING...BLUFF...MEXICAN HAT...
MANILA...DUTCH JOHN...VERNAL...JENSEN...BALLARD...FORT DUCHESNE...
RANDLETT...MOAB...CASTLE VALLEY...THOMPSON SPRINGS...
MONTICELLO AND VICINITY
1225 PM MDT THU MAY 22 2014

..COOLER AND WETTER WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH THIS WEEKEND...

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTO
EASTERN ARIZONA BY SATURDAY...AND THEN PUSH EAST ACROSS NEW MEXICO
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WRAPPING
AROUND THIS STRENGTHENING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING
WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO MUCH OF EASTERN UTAH AND
WESTERN COLORADO. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED...
ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND ADJACENT FOOTHILLS
FROM CORTEZ EAST TO PAGOSA SPRINGS. SOME SNOW WILL ALSO BE
POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGH MOUNTAIN PASSES...INCLUDING COAL
BANK...MOLAS...RED MOUNTAIN...SLUMGULLION AND LIZARD HEAD. SNOW
LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT OR ABOVE 10000 FEET.

RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS EXCEEDING ONE INCH WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER
THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND...WITH HIGH MOUNTAIN SNOWFALL UP TO 6 INCHES
POSSIBLE. LIGHTER ACCUMULATIONS OF RAIN AND SNOW ARE EXPECTED
FROM INTERSTATE 70 NORTH TO THE WYOMING STATE LINE.

EVEN WITH THE COOLER WEATHER SLOWING HIGH MOUNTAIN SNOWMELT...
SMALL CREEKS...STREAMS AND RIVERS MAY STILL SEE INCREASED FLOWS
DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION.

TAKE THE TIME NOW TO PREPARE FOR THE EXPECTED COOLER AND WETTER
CONDITIONS OVER THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND. MONITOR THE
LATEST FORECAST BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GJT.

$$

www.weather.gov/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

RED FLAG WARNING issued by #NWSGJT for #LaPlataCo for the 5th straight day #cofire #cowx

Don't let the morning clouds fool you! Days of dry and windy weather make for dangerous fire conditions.


COZ207-211830-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0012.140521T1700Z-140522T0200Z/
DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
430 AM MDT WED MAY 21 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
8 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...9 TO 14 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. LOCALIZED RED FLAG CONDITIONS WILL
BECOME WIDESPREAD WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT (ALL LOWER CASE)

www.weather.gov/

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

RED FLAG continues today with fire weather again tomorrow



-------- Original message --------
From: EWARN-
Date:2014/05/20 12:12 (GMT-07:00)
To:
Subject: DENRFWGJT

WWUS85 KGJT 201812
RFWGJT

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
1212 PM MDT TUE MAY 20 2014

COZ291-210215-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0011.000000T0000Z-140521T0300Z/
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.A.0006.140521T1700Z-140522T0200Z/
NORTHERN SAN JUAN FORECAST AREA-
1212 PM MDT TUE MAY 20 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING
FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 291...
..FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND
DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 291...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 291 NORTHERN
  SAN JUAN FORECAST AREA.

* WIND...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...8 TO 13 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP THROUGH MIDWEEK WILL LIKELY
  SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. LOCALIZED RED FLAG
  CONDITIONS TUESDAY MORNING WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD TUESDAY
  AFTERNOON. SIMILAR CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

COZ290-292-210215-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0011.000000T0000Z-140521T0300Z/
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.A.0006.140521T1700Z-140522T0200Z/
PARADOX VALLEY FORECAST AREA-NORTH FORK FORECAST AREA-
1212 PM MDT TUE MAY 20 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING
FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONES 290 AND 292 ABOVE 8500 FEET...
..FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND
DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 290 AND 292 ABOVE 8500 FEET...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 290 PARADOX
  VALLEY FORECAST AREA AND FIRE WEATHER ZONE 292 NORTH FORK
  FORECAST AREA ABOVE 8500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...7 TO 12 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP THROUGH MIDWEEK WILL LIKELY
  SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. LOCALIZED RED FLAG
  CONDITIONS TUESDAY MORNING WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD TUESDAY
  AFTERNOON. SIMILAR CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

COZ207-210215-
/O.CON.KGJT.FW.W.0011.000000T0000Z-140521T0300Z/
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DURANGO FORECAST AREA-
1212 PM MDT TUE MAY 20 2014

..RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING
FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER
ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...
..FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS...LOW HUMIDITY...AND
DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 BELOW 9500 FEET...

* AFFECTED AREA...IN COLORADO...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 207 DURANGO
  FORECAST AREA BELOW 9500 FEET.

* WIND...SOUTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...5 TO 10 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP THROUGH MIDWEEK WILL LIKELY
  SPREAD RAPIDLY. BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED. LOCALIZED RED FLAG
  CONDITIONS TUESDAY MORNING WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD TUESDAY
  AFTERNOON. SIMILAR CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN
CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS AND AFFECTED FIELD
PERSONNEL OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE
RED FLAG WARNINGS.

&&

$$

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VISIT...
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/GJT

www.weather.gov/