Winter Storm Watch issued November 1 at 3:31AM MDT expiring November 3 at 5:00PM MST in effect for: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, San Miguel
Fire crews have gotten 100 percent containment around a wildfire in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.A Level 1 evacuation warning was originally issued by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office because of the Crawford Gulch Fire.Deb Frazier, spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said a handcrew hiked up to the fire and were able to build a fireline around the blaze."It appears to be out," she said.Frazier said snow was forecast for the area of the fire on Saturday night.The Crawford Gulch Fire was 1/2 in size and burned in a remote and rocky area of the state park, Gilpin County sheriff spokeswoman Cherokee Blake said.The fire was spotted at about 2:30 p.m. by somebody in Jefferson county, Jefferson County sheriff spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.A Level 1 evacuation warning was issued at 3:15 p.m. for homes within a 2-mile radius of the Golden Gate Canyon State Park.A Level 1 evacuation order means no mandatory evacuations are being issued, but an emergency notification is sent to homes in the vicinity to warn residents about the wildfire.According to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, residents with special needs are advised to evacuate during a Level 1 warning. People with livestock or pets are also advised to move them out of the area.
First Time Level 1 Evacuation Order Issued
The Crawford Gulch Fire was the first time Jefferson County implemented its new wildfire evacuation plan.The plan was created and released in the aftermath of the Lower North Fork Fire. Three people died as a result of that wildfire, which destroyed 22 homes and burned over 4,100 acres.