Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Size: 29,732 acres
Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Special notes: Community Facebook live meeting tonight, August 20, at 6 p.m.
Yesterday’s activity: Yesterday, a new start, the Red Canyon Fire, erupted in Garfield county triggering evacuations for residents in the south east portion of the county. Initial attack by air and ground resources was mobilized, and the fire was held to approximately 60 acres. All evacuations were lifted for the Red Canyon fire Wednesday evening. Additionally, Buck Point residents effected by the Grizzly Fire were downgraded from evacuation to pre-evacuation status. Yesterday, the weather over the fire had some precipitation with lightning.
On the Grizzly Creek Fire in No Name Creek was still moving at the top of the drainage, and also active along the east edge of Grizzly Creek. Fire line along Transfer Trail to Windy Point neared completion. On the northwest side of the fire, additional mechanized equipment was brought in to bolster efforts there. Fire is beginning to reach the tops of the drainages to the northeast, where it can be actively engaged. Fire activity from Coffee Pot to I-70 was held in place. In Bair Creek, the fire was active from Ike ridge to Upper Spruce Creek ridge. On the south side, the fire continued to progress through unburned fuels, filling in pockets. Near Lookout Mountain there was minimal fire progression. Lookout Mountain Park is still being evaluated for contingency lines.
Today’s activity: Today, the chance of precipitation and lightning increases with concerns for potential debris flow in Glenwood Canyon. Firefighters will continue with building direct and indirect fire line around the fire perimeter. The structure protection unit will continue work in No Name and Bair Ranch. Crews will also be finishing up work at the 60 acres Red Canyon fire today.
I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs (MP 116) and Gypsum (MP 133), with no estimated time for reopening. Forest Service Road 400, Eagle-Thomasville Road, is closed due to excessive traffic and accidents resulting from drivers attempting to use this primarily dirt road as an alternate to the I-70 closure. Cottonwood Pass Road in Garfield and Eagle counties. Coffee Pot Road, and Transfer Trail roads and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are also closed, as well as many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. For more information regarding road closures, go to COTrip.
Area closures: BLM recreation sites and boat ramps on the southern portion of the Colorado River Road (RD 301) near Dotsero, Colorado. Specifically, Cottonwood Landing boat ramp, Lyons campground and boat ramp, and Dotsero boat ramp.
Fire restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t.
Hand crews: 20
Water tenders: 7
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 820