Fire managers from the Upper Colorado River Interagency are planning on continuing a two day prescribed burn in the 2,700-acre West Divide  14 miles south of Silt on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands in Mesa and western Garfield counties.

Yesterday conditions were ideal for what fire experts describe as Black Lining. The means by which they burn a perimeter around the prescribed area. Today the plan on finishing The bulk of the burn this afternoon.   The crews will be using helicopters in a very controlled way to execute the prescribed burn up the mountain into the snow line.  There may be heavy smoke visible throughout Friday afternoon, but keep in mind this is a planned burn.

The planned burn will reduce dense vegetation and other fuels to lower the risk of large wildfires and stimulate new vegetation growth that benefits wildlife.

Once again they Smoke may see along the I-70 corridor from Rifle to Newcastle and from downtown Glenwood springs is part of these planned burns.

More construction updates as the Castle Creek Bridge / Hallam Street Improvement Project will entered  phase II detours Monday Morning April 30th  This is a change in the schedule; originally tthe new detour was not supposed to start until May 7th

What this means is Mondays-Fridays and most Saturdays, from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. outbound motorist will use the Power Plant detour. Significant traffic delays are anticipated during peak travel times for both inbound and outbound traffic. These detours will be in effect until June 12 when crews will stop work before resuming with Phase III on approximately August 13.

Updates on construction activities, schedule, detour routes and alternative transit will be shared via the project update email. To sign up, reach out to the project hotline or visit the project website,