Coal Seam Fire notes from Garfield dispatch
Here are notes from the Coal Seam Fire blowup Saturday afternoon, as typed in by Garfield County dispatchers working the incident. There will be gaps in the sequence. At times, radio traffic got so heavy that dispatchers did not have time to enter notes.A glossary is included below for unfamiliar terms. Times are listed for a 24-hour clock, so 14:08 is the same as 2:08 p.m.The log was provided to the Post Independent by Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper.Saturday, June 8, 2002, Fire Call11:54 – South Canyon, just south of the gun club by the dump reporting person advised that there was smoke and the wind started blowing pretty good and now there is thick smoke. Cannot see flames. Reporting person is a John Lindsey.12:01 – Page to Glenwood fire department.12:17 – bt 1 on scene12:21 – Second page for available resources to respond per bt112:21 – bt1 advised that he wants 737 to come to that location and also a deputy.12:33 – bt1 advised that he does want Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management advised, latitude and longitude are N 39 degrees, 32 minutes, 65 seconds; W 107 degrees, 25 minutes, 4 seconds. The best way to get there is to go 2 miles up South Canyon gun range; needs to know all available resources. ** blm ENGINE 608 **12:38 – bt1 advised 1/2 an acre, no structures threatened, moderate at this time, high if wind changes, biggest control problem is access due to the active coal seam, smoldering; weather is clear, 25 percent slope angle to the east, wind from the east.13:07 – command advises that he wants Carbondale Fire paged for a structural engine to stand by at station 1 for in-town calls, needs a plan sector to respond to the scene. Needs BMFD paged for two water trucks and two wildland tenders. Command advises that fire has TRIPLED in size at this time.13:37 – Command advises that fire is going southeast; there are 40-foot flames13:43 – Basalt fire advised to roll a tender and a wildland truck per command. (Capt. Cleve Williams, 963-1982)13:54 – Command advises to have Colorado State Patrol to go to South Canyon for traffic control.13:59 – Command advises that they required air resources, and that the fire has peaked on the southern flank.14:08 – Via radio, fire is running.14:10 – Road and Bridge 153 will be 76 to the above location with water truck – eta 20-30 minutes.14:01- Command advises that they are getting a plan with G1 right now.14:33 – Command advises that they will be COAL SEAM COMMAND, and the command will be at the West Glenwood station 1.14:49 – Holy Cross Energy and Union Pacific advised.15:05 – Coal Seam Command – Established at Station 1 Unified Command, Commanders Sheriff Dalessandri, fire Darryl Queen.Command Channel Yellow, unknown which yellow. Mutual Aid Mode 2. PIO 945-7299 – VMS EB I-70 at New Castle changed to USE CAUTION – SMOKE AHEAD.Info number now is 945-5251, FIRE IS JUMPING COUNTY ROAD.15:31 – G3 out of danger, fire is going north and east.15:32 – G3 One person at 5 mile house did not come out. Command from sheriff DO NOT GO BACK IN.15:59 – Union Pacific advises maintenance out to assist.16:07 – r&b 153 needs Steve Marney to respond to South Canyon with tools to help with lug, left message.16:09 – Malcolm Jolley called, wants to give Glenwood Fire the key to his gate at South Canyon if they need it.16:16 – Staging requests Burning Mountain go to the west end.16:19 – ADVISED CSP NEED MORE TRAFFIC CONTROL – EXIT 111 CLOSED ALL DIRECTIONS . Staging area is about 1-1/2 miles up South Canyon Road. Command is at station 1 in West Glenwood.16:32 – Setting up on the Riverbend side.17:14 – Chief Wilson wanting public TV to get a scroll on TV for emergency evacuation.17:28 – G15 fire has jumped the river and south of the interstate.17:28 – G15 911 fire has jumped the river and is next to I-70 at 113.17:31 – Closing eastbound I-70.17:37 – 737 I-70 closed, see if Colorado Department of Transportation can assist.17:57 – 751 Evacuate Center Drive and Ami’s Acres.17:57 – BMFD Engine 820 Engine 821 evacuate River Bend.18:06 – People at 125 Center Drive #21. Officers advised.16:15 – Eagle Fire sending an engine and a tender.16:21 – 751 evacuate Community Center and Red Mountain.18:30 – Eagle County two engines, one tender.18:30 – Parachute Fire Department sending two engines, one tender.18:59 – Mitchell Creek family trapped. 15 to 20 structures involved.(The reference is to the occupants of the Storm King Ranch, who stayed put and survived the firestorm.)Glossary:bt 1: Glenwood Springs Fire Dept. Battalion 51 Chief Darryl Queen737: Glenwood Springs Police Sgt. Bill Kimminaublm engine 608: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildland fire engine and crew stationed at the Garfield County Airport near Rifle.command: Battalion Chief Queen, who has become the incident commander at this point.BMFD: Burning Mountains Fire Department, New Castle.Road and Bridge 153 (r&b 153): Larry White, driver of a Garfield County water trucketa: estimated time of arrival 76: enrouteG1: Garfield County Sheriff Tom DalessandriPIO: public information officerVMS EB I-70: variable message sign posted on eastbound Interstate 70G3: Garfield County Sheriff Department head of patrol operations Frank YoulandCSP: Colorado State PatrolChief Wilson: Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry WilsonG15: Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Kathleen Barthel911: right now, emergency751: Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson
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