Colorado Daily Status Report: April 1

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Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management - DHSEM
Colorado Daily Status Report
April 1, 2014
Information in this report was gathered before 11:00AM
NSTR = Nothing Significant to Report

National Terrorism Advisory System - No Current Alerts -Website * Twitter * Facebook
National Wildfire Preparedness Level - Level 1 (Last update March 28th)  NIFC Sit Report
Rocky Mountain Preparedness Level - Level 2 (Last update September 2013) - 7 Day Outlook

SEOC and Other EOC Activations
Duty Officer: (303) 472-4046
Emergency Operations Center (SEOC): Level III Activation in support of NUWAIX 14 (Exercise)                     

Current Disasters/Large Incidents
Colorado Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides: DR-4145 – Recovery Operations

Weather: National Weather Service Update
Colorado Weather Watches/Warnings/Advisories - Website

Last updated: 08:00 MDT on 04-01-2014

Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Durango Forecast Area
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Animas River Basin; Four Corners, Upper Dolores River; San Juan River Basin
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Southeast Elbert County Below 6000 Feet, South Lincoln County
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Bent County Including Las Animas; Crowley County Including Ordway; Fremont County Including Canon City, Howard, Texas Creek; Kiowa County Including Eads; Otero County Including La Junta and Western Comanche Grasslands; Prowers County Including Lamar; Pueblo County Including Pueblo; San Luis Valley Including Alamosa, Del Norte, Fort Garland, Saguache; Southern El Paso County Including Fort Carson and Colorado Springs
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Northern El Paso County Including Monument and Black Forest; Southern Front Range Including Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Wet Mountains, La Veta Pass
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Baca County Including Springfield and Eastern Comanche Grasslands; Eastern Las Animas County Including Pinon Canyon; Huerfano County Including Walsenburg; Western Las Animas County Including Trinidad and Thatcher
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected:Baca County Including Springfield and Eastern Comanche Grasslands; Eastern Las Animas County Including Pinon Canyon; Huerfano County Including Walsenburg; Western Las Animas County Including Trinidad and Thatcher

East (Goodland) - Website * twitter * Facebook
An unsettled pattern will be in place through this weekend. Windy conditions are expected again today with southeast winds gusting around 35 mph and patchy blowing dust possible. Areas of fog will develop late tonight, with dense fog possible through Wednesday morning. A storm system is expected to bring rain and snow back to the region Wednesday night through Thursday night. Accumulating snow and blowing snow are possible.

North East (Boulder) - Website * twitter * Facebook
A strong storm system will intensify across Nebraska this morning which will create high winds over the Front Range foothills and northeast plains. Wind gusts up to 75 are possible over the foothills early this morning, while gusts up to 60 mph can be expected over the plains. 
Snow will gradually decrease over the mountains later this morning and afternoon with additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Gusty winds up to 60 mph will create blowing and snow and reduced visibilities over the mountain passes. After a break in snowfall this afternoon and evening, snow will redevelop later tonight with light accumulations possible.

South East (Pueblo) - Website * twitter * Facebook
A mixed bag of spring weather will develop around the region southwest flow increases across the western states and Rockies. Gusty winds are expected again in most areas...while a new weather disturbance pushes into northern and Central Colorado bringing snow to the mountains and areas along and near the Continental Divide. As the winds increase across the San Luis Valley...the eastern mountains...the southern I-25 Corridor and the southeast plains...critical fire conditions will develop in the late morning then continue through the afternoon...prompting another RED FLAG WARNING for most of the region. Additional information concerning the Red Flag warning and up to date weather can be found on our web page 

West (Grand Junction) - Website * twitter * Facebook
A storm system will bring windy conditions today causing blowing dust for many areas south of I-70 with scattered to numerous showers north of I-70 and in the mountains. Another weather disturbance set to move overhead Wednesday into Thursday will result in periods of mountain snow, valley showers, and continued breezy conditions. Unsettled and cool weather is expected to continue this weekend.

Additional Colorado Weather Information and Conditions
NWS Reports (TEXT only) * NWS Watches Warnings/Alerts (TEXT Only) * Satellite: Vis | IR | WV * Animated Satellite: Vis | IR | WV * Radar: Current | Animated * Snow Pack * Colorado Earthquake Data

National Significant Weather Outlook       

National Fire Maps

Colorado Fire Restrictions, Bans and Current Fires

Colorado Regional Updates
Field Services Manager - Bruce Holloman - 720-852-6614

Northwest - Chuck Vale - (970) 846-3912 
The Nuclear Weapons Accident/Incident Exercise (NUWAIX) 2014 will take place in Grand Junction from April 1-3 2014.

West - Drew Petersen - (970) 633-0201 
There was a remote wildfire in Baca County on 3/31/14.  One injury was reported. The fire is now 100% contained.  The Regional Field Manager provided support.
The West region is monitoring Red Flag Warning conditions today.

Southwest - Trevor Denney - (970) 247-7674
The Southwest region is monitoring Red Flag Warning conditions today.

San Luis Valley - David Osborn 
The San Luis Valley is monitoring a Red Flag Warning from 1100-2000 hours today.

South/S East - Riley Frazee - (719) 510-2388 

South Central - Paul Eller - (303) 870-6893

North Central - Cory Stark - 720-852-6618 

North East - Kevin Kuretich - (970) 867-4300 
120 acre wildfire reported contained on 3/31/14 north of Last Chance. 20 residents were evacuated. No injuries reported.

Colorado Emergency Support Functions

1- Transportation
These links connects you with CDOT traffic alerts and road conditions, Road conditions/Closures - both planned and non-planned (accidents, etc.) throughout Colorado: * COTRIP (511) * Conditions Map * Road Speed Map * Subscribe to Alerts *Travel Alerts

* DIA Social Networks: * twitter * Facebook


2 - TeleCommunications – IT
US-CERT Cyber Alert  Website * Twitter
Microsoft Releases Security Advisory:  Microsoft has released a security advisory for Microsoft Word. A vulnerability exists for remote code execution which could allow an attacker to gain user rights by opening a specifically crafted Rich Text Format file.
Applying the Microsoft Fix it solution will disable the opening of RTF content in Microsoft Word, preventing the exploitation of this vulnerability.
US-CERT recommends that users and administrators review Microsoft Security Advisory 2953095 and apply any necessary updates to help mitigate the risk.

3 - Public Works – Engineering
NOAA National Weather Service Flood Guage *

The State of Colorado has developed the following interactive mapping applications to provide a statewide clearinghouse of flood-hazard and related information: Flood Decision Support System * Flood Decision Support System Map


4 – Firefighting
Colorado Wildfire Watch App: Android * Apple

Forest Service firefighters plan to take advantage of existing and forecasted snow accumulation to burn slash piles in the Yankee Hill fuels project area, Unit 9, located approximately one mile southeast of the Town of Apex. Ignition may begin Tuesday and continue throughout the week as conditions allow.

120 acre grass fire contained on 3/31/2014 in Washington County near Last Chance. 

Monitoring numerous Red Flag Warnings.

DFPC continues to conduct normal operations for season preparedness.

5 - Emergency Management
24/7 Duty Officer 303-472-4046
SEOC Status: Level III – Activation Level Definitions

State EOC will activate Tuesday to support the NUWAIX exercise. Activation will continue into Wednesday.   

6 - Mass Care

Donations/Volunteer Coordination Team (DVCT)
Colorado Floods Donations Center, previously located at the Loveland Outlet Mall is now closed as of March 28, 2014. Demobilization of the donation center located in Loveland will occur through April 15.  For more information contact Robyn Knappe at  Call 211 to locate flood related resources for disaster clients

7 - Resource Support

The State Logistics / Resource Management Office continues to manage EMAC Missions in support of Flood Recovery.  The State CRRF Program is in full swing and the Logistics/ Resource Management Office continues to receive Agreements that will be processed and shared prior to the 2014 Wild Fire Season. 

8 - Public Health

The CDPHE Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response is supporting the ESF 8 components of the NUWAIX exercise.

CDPHE Air Pollution Control Division has issued a widespread BLOWING DUST ADVISORY this morning (Tuesday, April 1) affecting large portions of west-central, south-central and southwestern Colorado.

The advisory will be in effect between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For a detailed accounting of communities and counties likely to be impacted, please visit

9 - Search and Rescue


10 - Oil and Hazardous Materials
Hazmat teams will be participating in the NUWAIX exercise this week (4/1-4/3)

11 - Agriculture and Natural Resources


12 – Energy


13 - Public Safety/Security

The Colorado State Patrol, CIAC and ESF 13 in the State EOC are activated in support of NUWAIX 14.

15 - Public Information

ESF 15 will be activated in the State EOC to support the NUWAIX 14 exercise.

Colorado National Guard

The Colorado National Guard deployed 16 personnel from the Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT) last saturday (29 Mar) in support of the Washington State Oso Mudslide. This was an EMAC request from Washington State to Colorado. The duration of support is TBD based on the recovery effort. If you have any questions, please contact LTC Delgado 720-281-0246

Upcoming Statewide Events (For regional events please see the individual regions)
Statewide Exercises

Nuclear Weapons Accident/Incident Exercise (NUWAIX) 2014 April 1-3 2014

North Central
North Central
North Central
North Central

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