NEWS: Thursday May 27, 2010

May 27th @ 9:31 am in News by Scott Staley

Beaver Fire Update::Fire crews continued to make significant progress on the Beaver Fire.  The anticipated increase in wind did not materialize on Wednesday; however fire officials are expecting warmer, dryer conditions to continue today along with an increase in winds.

There is a Red Flag Warning for the area from 11 am to 9 pm due to the high temperatures, low relative humidity and dry fuels. A Red Flag Warning indicates that the potential for large fire growth exists in the area.  Fire Behavior Analyst Rod Moraga said, “the Red Flag Warning is not likely to affect the Beaver Fire perimeter, but conditions could possibly lead to new fire activity in the area.”

Crews will continue to construct the remaining fireline and monitor areas of fire within the fire perimeter today. A Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team, which was requested by the local agencies, has arrived and will begin assessing rehabilitation to the fire area.

If you own a home in a fire-prone area, you should take a few simple steps to make your property more defensible.  It will increase your safety and that of firefighters, too.  What you do before and during fire season may make the difference whether your home survives in the event of a wildfire in your area.

No structures have been damaged or are currently threatened.  There have been no injuries associated with the fire. Hwy 145 remains open, however travelers are asked to use caution due to ongoing fire operations along the river corridor.

Beaver Fire Statistics at a Glance:
Time/Date Started:  May 22, 2010 approximately 3:00 p.m.
Location: Norwood, Colorado
Cause: Downed Power Line
Estimated Cost: $925,885
Fuels: Pinion –Juniper, mixed conifer, grass-sage
Size: 2,610 acres (2,188 – USFS, 422 – BLM)
Containment: 60%
Resources Committed: 4 type one crews, 1 type two crews, 1 type one helicopter, 1 type three helicopter, 13 engines, 1 dozers, 2 water tenders, 266 personnel.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:07a)

Shortly after seeing last Friday’s Post Independent article announcing a Garfield County Crime Stoppers request for suspect identification, an anonymous caller stated he knew of the man in the security camera clips. The tipster stated it was a Mr. Dylan Martin, 20, of 17605 Highway 82, Carbondale, CO 81623. The suspect’s residence is approximately a mile and a half to the east of the alleged crime scene.

The Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Coordinator passed along the tip to Garfield County Sheriff’s detectives who were compiling other leads in the case. The name provided by the tipster corresponded to other evidence, and Sheriff’s deputies were able to secure an arrest warrant this past Tuesday afternoon, May 25th.

Dylan Martin was arrested without incident and booked into the Garfield County Jail at approximately 8:37 p.m. that night. He was able to post a $1,000 bond shortly thereafter and is scheduled to appear in district court on June 9, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. for advisement of charges including felony second degree burglary (force entry-nonresidence).

The alleged incident occurred early on the morning of Sunday, May 16, 2010, in which the man shown in the surveillance video attempted to break through the front and back doors of Catherine Store, 15783 Highway 82, Carbondale, CO 81623. The damage to the doors is estimated at $200.00. The video shows the suspect taking one step into the store and then running off to the west, possibly deterred by an audible alarm.

By calling the Crime Stopper’s anonymous tip line of 970-945-0101, a concerned citizen helped local law enforcement officials assemble the key pieces of this case. Crime Stoppers also maintains an anonymous online tip service at under the “Report a Tip” tab.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 9:32a)