Providing search and rescue services to Chaffee County's backcountry.
On Monday, July 20th, 2015 at approximately 2:13 p.m. the Chaffee County Communications Center received a 911 call from a lost hiker on Mt. Shavano. Nearly thirty minutes later, they received another, unrelated 911 call for help from two hikers below the summit of Mt. Columbia.
Search & Rescue retrieves injured mountain biker, helps lost hikers, responds to high country rollover
Chaffee County emergency responders retrieved an injured mountain biker, a 55-year-old Virginia man, July 17 on Alpine Tunnel trail. Their first indication of the accident was through a SPOT device that had been activated at about 2:45 p.m. Undersheriff Derek Bos said SPOT devices relay the GPS coordinates of an emergency, but they provide little other information.
Three hikers are injured and one was killed by a lightning strike on Mt. Yale earlier this afternoon.
A series of mudslides closed CR 344 just below Cottonwood Lake Thursday, resulting in a voluntary evacuation of 150 people from Cottonwood Lake Campground. The campground will be closed at least until today, when the stability of the area will be evaluated.
An Air Force Academy professor missing for two days after a hike in Chaffee County has been found injured but alive, the Academy said just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.