NEWS: Tuesday May 25, 2010

May 25th @ 10:02 am in News by Scott Staley

Beaver Fire Update::Fire crews continued to make progress on the Beaver Fire as the fire transitions from a local Type III fire management organization to a Type II Incident Management Team. The need for a Type II team is based on a complexity analysis of the fire situation and the team can provide the resources and capabilities to address the fire’s unique challenges.

Monday’s cooler weather and lighter winds helped crews to continue securing fireline west of Hwy 145 and begin establishing fireline on both the north and south sides of the fire east of Hwy 145. Crews also began establishing a barrier between the fire and a 325kV powerline located east of the fire. Officials are concerned that if smoke gets to the powerline it could initiate additional fires caused by arcing of the lines.

Incident Commander Todd Pechota commented that “the local fire management organization has done an outstanding job on the fire given difficult conditions of both weather and terrain.  We will continue to gain control of the perimeter while providing for firefighter and community safety.”

Today fire crews will focus efforts on removing snags along the San Miguel River and Hwy 145 to reduce hazards to both river users and motorist. Fire crews will also continue to build and improve fireline on the fire perimeter.

No structures have been damaged or are currently threatened.  There have been no injuries to the public or firefighters.

Officials will hold a town meeting tonight at 6:30 pm at the Norwood Town Hall to discuss the current fire situation.  Both the Incident Management Team and local officials will be present to address the community’s questions.

Beaver Fire Statistics at a Glance:
·        Time/Date Started:  May 22, 2008 approximately 3:00 p.m.
·        Location: Norwood, Colorado
·        Cause: Downed Power Line
·        Estimated Cost: $400,000
·        Fuels: Pinyon –Juniper, mixed conifer, grass-sage
·        Size: 3,100 acres
·        Containment: 25%
·        Resources Committed:
4 type one crews, 1 type two crews, 1 light helicopter, 13 engines, 4 dozers, 6 watertenders, 236 personnel.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:10a)

State health officials remind Memorial Day swimming, boating and fishing enthusiasts to practice healthy swimming–and offered tips to prevent recreational water illnesses (RWI) such as E.coli and Giardia.

Therese Pilonetti, a program manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection Division, said, “Many swimming pools open for the summer on Memorial Day weekend. Water parks, lakes and rivers will be filled with people eager to swim, fish or just be near the water. It’s important to practice healthy behaviors around water to prevent waterborne illnesses that may occur from swallowing contaminated water.”

Pilonetti explained that waterborne RWIs areillnesses can be caused by swallowing or inhaling mist from contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, hot tubs, interactive fountains, water play areas, lakes or rivers.  Water safety tips were provided to kick off National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week, which begins today and ends May 30.

To help ensure a healthy swimming experience every time, Pilonetti encouraged swimmers to follow these steps:
–Don’t swim when you have diarrhea.
–Don’t swallow pool water or spray water bottles filled with pool water at each other at the risk of inhaling mist or swallowing contaminated water.
–Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Germs on your body end up in the water.

–Don’t allow infants or children with diarrhea to enter the water.
–Wash your children thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before they go swimming.
–Check pool water yourself using test strips purchased at your local hardware or pool supply store.
–Ask the pool operator about chlorine and pH levels and request information on the latest pool inspection score.
–Encourage pool operators to take steps shown to kill the germs that cause RWIs.
–Educate other swimmers about RWIs to promote healthy swimming.

For more information about healthy swimming, visit:
–CDC’s Healthy Swimming website at
–The Environmental Protection Agency’s beaches website at
Source: PSA   (Posted 10:02a)