Since the 2019 inception of EVW, the program has supported the management of some of the most significant incidents in state and national history. These included the Lake Christine, Sylvan Lake, Grizzly Creek, East Troublesome, Cameron Peak, Dixie, and Walker fires. Supporting the state and national emergency response framework provides crucial training and skill maintenance to EVW staff and its participating agencies. This directly promotes response readiness within Eagle County.
After experiencing notable fire seasons in 2018, 2020, and 2021, Colorado's 2022 fire season was significantly less traumatic than past seasons. Despite this seeming lull in fire response, EVW responded to 17 separate wildland fires within Eagle County, spanning 21 days. The majority of these incidents were contained at 1-5 acres, the most notable being the Duck Pond fire in April, and the Red Hill fire in July. EVW also supported the national emergency response framework by dispatching overhead and engines on twelve separate occasions. Locations for these assignments included Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Nevada. In addition to conducting wildland fire-related operations, EVW also assists with All Hazard and Search and Rescue related activities as requested by our partners within Eagle County.