Park County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Park County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1180 Co Rd 16, Fairplay, 80440 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 719-836-2494
Fax: 719-836-4113
Email:

Park County Sheriff's Office is located at 1180 Co Rd 16, Fairplay, 80440 CO. The Park County Sheriff's Office phone number is 719-836-2494.

Park County Sheriff's Office News

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS: #Halloween is an exciting night of the year for young children, but it is also a time for parents to be extra vigilant for potential safety hazards. I’d like to wish everyone to have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween by following these safety tips: • Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks. • When crossing any street make sure you make eye contact with drivers of vehicles and they stop their car before crossing. • Carry a flashlight and have it on during hours of darkness. • Travel in groups. • Wear reflective clothing or bands. • Consider attending organized community Halloween events. Never go into a stranger’s house or get into a stranger’s vehicle. Adults should always check Halloween candy before a child eats it. Dispose of anything that may have been tampered with, opened or unwrapped. #HappyHalloween

**REMINDER** Today at 12:18pm all wireless phones will receive a text from the FEMA Presidential Alert System. This system is in place to alert the public of national emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist threats. More Info: http://bit.ly/FEMAalert

According to Lake George Fire Protection District: “As of 6:00 pm last night, the #WilkersonFire is 100% contained. One engine will be on the fire today. Smoke will still be visible.”

Lake George Fire Protection District is under a burn ban.

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The smoke you are currently seeing is from a controlled burn in the Twin Lakes area. There are currently no active fires in Park County. This burn is producing lots of smoke around the Weston Pass burn area, as well as throughout our district.

Update: “The Park County Coroner's Office has scientifically identified the skeletal remains found September 5th near Guffey, CO using dental records. The decedent is William Bingham Lovenko. Mr Lovenko was 47 years old at the time of his disappearance. The cause and manner of death remain under investigation pending the completion of all exams.” Original Release: “On September 5, 2018 skeletal human remains were discovered near Guffey, Colo. Colorado Forensic Canines made the discovery while conducting a search associated with a missing male from April of 2017, William Lovenko. This search area was near where Mr. Lovenko’s car as found in 2017. The Park County Sheriff's Office and Park County Coroner's Office conducted a field search and recovery. The Park County Coroner's Office has conducted an anthropological exam on the remains.” David E Kintz Jr. BS, NRP, D-ABMDI Park County Coroner

This is a great resource for information on Child Safety Restraints.

Please slow down and move as far over and safely possible when approaching any emergency vehicles on the road. #MoveOver #ItsTheLaw

During a recent "routine" traffic stop in Park County, one of our captains discovered a large quantity of controlled substances. Well done, Captain!

Update: Hard Landing of Hot Air Balloon Results in Death of Passenger The female passenger transported by Flight for Life to Pemrose Hospital has died. The circumstances surrounding her death remain under investigation by the FAA, NTSB, and Park County Coroner's Office. Her identity will be released once her family has been notified. An autopsy has been scheduled. No additional information is available at this time. Hartsel, Colo.- 08/03/2018 at 8:20 am - A Hot Air Balloon carrying 9 passengers and 2 pilots had a hard landing near Hartsel. Two female passengers were injured. The most seriously injured was transported by Flight for Life to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, The flight originated out of the Hartsel area. No additional information is available on the identity or condition of the two passengers. FAA and NTSB are handling the investigation.

Bailey: Platte Canyon Fire Protection District http://plattecanyonfire.com Pine Junction: Elk Creek Fire Department http://elkcreekfire.org Jefferson-Como: Jefferson-Como Fire Station #5 https://www.jcfpd.org Fairplay: North-West Fire Protection District http://nwfpd.org Hartsel: Hartsel Fire Protection District http://www.hartselfire.org Guffey: Southern Park County Fire & EMS http://www.guffeyfire.net Lake George: Lake George Fire Protection District http://lakegeorgefire.com For more emergency service agencies: http://bit.ly/ParkAgencies

The Fire Ban in Park County has been rescinded effective July 26, 2018. Please be aware that individual fire protection districts may still have restrictions in place within their respective boundaries. Please call 719-836-4160 for information on any current individual districts bans that may be in effect.

*Highway Reopened* US 285: Safety closure at Old Stage Coach Rd (1 mile south of Bailey) due to a mudslide.

Sheriff Wegener will allow (ON FOREST SERVICE LAND, BLM AND STATE PARKS) the building, maintaining or using of fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grate within developed recreation sites. The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼ spark arrester type screen will be permitted. Target shooting is allowed using LEAD BULLETS ONLY. THERE IS NO CHANGE ON PRIVATE LAND – BURN BAN REMAINS IN EFFECT

July 14, 2018 Update #westonpassfire At 6:00 AM today the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team transferred command of the Weston Pass Fire to a local Type 3 IMT led by Incident Commander, Stephen Reed. The Incident Command Post, ICP, has moved from South Park HS to the North-West Fire Protection District Station #2, 21455 Highway 285, Fairplay. Weather Today will be mostly sunny in the morning becoming mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms developing around 12:00 PM. Storm coverage will be scattered from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM with lingering showers until 11:00 PM. Temperatures will range from lows of 47°-53° F to highs of 73°-78° F. Humidity will reach lows of 20%-25% during the day recovering to 70%-75% at night. Winds will be from the east-southeast 8-12 mph with gusts to 17 mph possible during the afternoon and evening. Chances of lightning will be greatest between 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Current Situation The area remains in exceptional drought and fuels will dry rapidly under clear skies and warm temperatures. After two days of cooler and wetter weather, today’s solar radiation will begin to dry out fuels. The primary sources of remaining heat on the fire are heavy surface fuels and stump holes. Visible smokes from within the interior of the fire are expected for weeks until significant wetting rain penetrates the heavy fuels. Fire personnel will continue monitoring fire behavior with lookouts and aircraft. Some divisions have been consolidated; the engines in divisions A/D/M/P will continue to secure and patrol fireline along the north, east and south. The Hotshot crew will continue to work hotspots directly and by coordinating helicopter bucket drops in and near the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) area. In this remote, steep, terrain with heavy fuels, fire management is constantly weighing the risk to firefighters versus the benefit of engagement. To mitigate this situation, medical supplies have been staged in this area and medical personnel are on location. Closures and Public Safety Closures remain in effect in the Pike National Forest including the lands south of CR22, north of Trout Creek Pass, the entire BPW, and west of HWY 285. Please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc for more information. All mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph; there is no stopping in the fire area. Please be cautious as fire apparatus and crew buggies are entering the highway. Fire Statistics: Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO Percent Contained: 93% Start Date: June 28, 2018 Total Personnel: Approximately 272 Size: 13,023 acres Cause: Lightning Resources Include: One Type 1 crew, Three engines, one masticator Helicopters: One Type 1, One Type 3 Weston Pass Fire Information 719-966-7842 Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM E-mail: 2018_copsf_westonpass@firenet.gov Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/

July 07, 2018 - July 12, 2018

Re-entry to CORA will begin today at 7:00pm. County Rd 22 is open to the public at 7:00pm. Buffalo Peaks Wilderness is closed. All Mandatory evacuations are lifted. CR22 [Black Mountain area] and CORA are on pre-evacuation status. Buffalo Peaks Wilderness is closed.

Weston Pass Fire July 9, 2018 AM Update NOTE: Community Meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 6 PM, South Park High School gym. Current Acreage: 13,019 Containment: 52%. Weather Last night, the fire received more rain, .24” on Jones Hill and .45” at the RAWS site in the wilderness area on the west side of the fire. Today will bring 77°- 80° temperatures and 16-20% minimum humidity with 8-12 mph winds from the ESE with gusts to 20 mph after 12:00 PM. Skies will be mostly sunny in the morning becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. No storms are expected today. This evening, temperatures will dip to 46°-51°, with humidity recovery to 55-60% and zero chance of wetting rain. Current Situation Parts of the fire received beneficial rain of a short duration. With the sun warming and fuels drying, expect to see interior smokes within the fire perimeter. Firefighters monitor these smokes on the ground by strategically placing lookouts and by air with air resources and helicopters. At night, engines patrol to assure that the fire stays within the containment line. Activity on the north side will include patrolling and securing line, making improvements on CR 22, and allowing only residents along CR 22 to return to their homes. Security will be posted at the neighborhood entrances to check passes. On the east side, the fire containment line was extended south along FS 168 to FS 155 increasing total containment to 52%. Crews will continue to patrol and secure along this line and begin the rehab process (returning the land to a more natural state) where needed. Division P will secure the fireline to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (BPW) and work on more active fire areas with helicopter bucket operations. Contingency lines on the south side will be improved by using the chipper to deal with fuels brushed out as the line was developed. A multiple mission aircraft (MMA) and infrared flights will identify hotspots to direct crew operations. Helicopters will drop gel suppressant on the hot spots in the BPW area. The purpose of gel suppressant as opposed to retardant is that suppressant is long lasting and changes the nature of the fuel so it won’t burn. Crews and dozers will cut contingency line from DP 55 west to the Lynch Creek Trailhead. A hotshot crew will cut fire from the BPW boundary to meet a dozer cutting fireline from the north. The fire will have resources available for initial attack in case new fires break out in the area. Information Briefing Public Information Officers will conduct daily briefings at 2:00 PM outside at Prather’s Grocery Store, 301 US Hwy 285, Fairplay and at 3:00 PM outside at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 343 US 24, Buena Vista. Closures and Public Safety The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph and there is no stopping in the fire area. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. Evacuations in the CORA area remain in place. Evacuation status may change and evolve. For up to date information, please visit http://www.parkco.us. Buffalo Peaks Wilderness area is closed until further notice, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc. Fire Statistics: Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO Percent Contained: 52% Start Date: June 28, 2018 Total Personnel: Approximately 572 Size: 13,019 acres Cause: Lightning Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, one masticator, 2 dozers Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 3 and two fixed wing aircraft Weston Pass Fire Information 719-966-7842 Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM E-mail: 2018_copsf_westonpass@firenet.gov Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/ Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/

At 12:00pm today 8 residents in the evacuation area south of Park County Road 22 will be allowed re-entry to the area. In order to gain entry, the residents must present a special identification card which can be obtained at the Park County Facilities Building at 1295 County Road 16 (also known as 1295 Castello), Fairplay, Colorado, during regular business hours from 7:00am to 4:00pm. Dumpsters will be located at intersection of County Road 5 and 22. IREA has restored power in that area. For any questions about this re-entry please contact pio@parkco.us or 719-836-4306.

#WestonPassFire July 8, 2018 PM Update Current acreage: 13,019 Containment: 52% Weather This afternoon, isolated showers and thunderstorms again precipitated a warning to firefighters of cloud-to-ground lightning. Campground of the Rockies Association received wetting rain this afternoon with .12” received at Jones Hill RAWS and .32” received at a higher elevation in the Buffalo Peak Wilderness west of the fire. Temperatures reached 79° with winds out of the ESE 7-10 mph with gusts to 21 mph. This evening showers and thunderstorms will end around 7:00 PM with a minimum temperature tonight of 50°. Monday will be mostly sunny with a maximum temperature of 80°, minimum humidity of 15-20%, NW winds 3-5 mph through 10:00 PM, then SE 8-12 mph with gusts near 18 mph. No storms are expected. This weather will increase the likelihood of seeing smoke from unburned fuels igniting within the perimeter of the burn area. Current Situation North of the fire, crews patrolled and improved line along the fire edge and along the contingency line north from Rough and Tumbling Creek, and west to CR 22. Surface improvements to CR 22 will be completed early this week. To the south and east, firefighters patrolled line to secure and hold the perimeter. Crews continued chipping brush and limbs that were removed to improve the contingency line in Division T. The Buffalo Peaks Wilderness area and the direct fireline in Division P received water drops from helicopters to cool the fire line. A “gel” plant was set up to enhance fire suppression efforts. Gel mixed with water will be applied directly to the fire edge by helicopters, tomorrow. This will make the water more effective. Information Briefing Public Information Officers will conduct daily briefings at 2:00 PM outside at Prather’s Grocery Store, 301 US Hwy 285, Fairplay and at 3:00 PM outside at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 343 US 24, Buena Vista. Closures and Public Safety The speed limit on Highway 285 is posted at 50 mph and there is no stopping in the fire area. Visit http://www.parkco.us for up to date information. Evacuations in the CR 22 and CORA areas remain in place. Evacuation status may change and evolve. For up to date information, please visit http://www.parkco.us. Buffalo Peaks Wilderness area is closed until further notice, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc. Fire Statistics: Location: 9 miles south of Fairplay, CO Percent Contained: 52% Start Date: June 28, 2018 Total Personnel: Approximately 572 Size: 13,019 acres Cause: Lightning Resources Include: Three Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, one masticator, 2 dozers. Helicopters: Four Type 1, two Type 3 and two fixed wing aircraft. Weston Pass Fire Information 719-966-7842 Call Center Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM E-mail: 2018_copsf_westonpass@firenet.gov Incident Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5876/ Social Media: www.facebook.com/westonpassfire/