The Eagle County Board of Commissioners is seeking input from county residents regarding an extension of funding for the county’s open space program utilizing the existing property tax measure, currently set to expire in 2025. The short opinion survey is available at bit.ly/openspacesurvey2018 until Aug. 22. Responses are strictly confidential. The county commissioners will use the information gathered as part of this community opinion survey, as well as other public input, to decide whether to place an open space extension question on the November 2018 ballot. This would not be a new tax, but an extension of existing funding. The Eagle County Open Space Program was established in 2002 when voters approved a dedicated 1.5 mill levy tax on property to fund the acquisition, maintenance and preservation of open space in the county. The open space tax generates approximately $4.5 million per year in revenue for the program.
the Cabin Lake Fire experienced a significant wind event with gusty/erratic outflow winds, which increased fire activity and pushed the fire north and east past Balloon Lake. This part of the fire is now threatening structures, however no structures have been lost. Forcing the The Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office to issued a pre-evacuation notice for impacted areas. They previously had issued an emergency evacuation notice at 2 a.m. this morning to the residents in the area south of South Fork Road toward Burro Mountain southwest of County Road 10 using Rio Blanco Alerts and direct, door-to-door contacts.
Update: Over the past day and a half the Cabin Lake Fire received an influx of crews, multiple engines, heavy equipment/machinery to support suppression efforts on the fire. Public and firefighter safety and structure protection remain top priorities on the Cabin Lake Fire as multiple hand crews, engines, heavy machinery and aerial support continue to aggressively suppress the fire.
. All trailheads and campgrounds in the South Fork drainage are now closed.
For evacuation information please call the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 970-878-9600.