Grizzly Creek Fire – 30,362 acres
Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Hand Crews: 15
Water Tenders: 12
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 811
Yesterday’s Activity: Saturday was a moderate day of fire activity on the Grizzly Creek Fire. Crews completed containment on the eastern flank from Coffee Pot to Bair Ranch to I-70. A few pockets of heavy fuels are still burning in the Spruce Ridge area further south on the eastern flank. Crews continued to make progress and conducted patrols and mop up along the southern perimeter. In some areas, fire was held up in aspen and sage due to the differences in how fuels burn and is smoldering. To the west, firefighters established direct line in steeper portions of Bear Creek and reinforced established containment lines. To the north, crews established road infrastructure to provide access for firefighting. They also finished indirect line along the Transfer Trail.
Today’s Activity: With more hot and dry weather in store for today, firefighters can expect active fire behavior. Burnout operations will continue near Spruce Ridge and to the south of Bair Ranch. Since the potential for fire growth remains, crews will monitor hot spots from the air and ground. Crews are conducting mop up and patrol along contained fire line to minimize the risk of escape. To the north of the fire perimeter, crews will work on the road system to respond as fire progresses out of Grizzly and No Name Creeks. Mapping near Adventure Park will help crews evaluate reopening that area. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun an initial assessment of the fire’s impact on soils and vegetation and will address long-term restoration to the fire area. The team will assess the severity for debris flow in steep areas to I-70 and will assess water quality concerns for Glenwood Springs.
Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/.
Evacuations: Please go to Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.ecemergency.org, as well as on official Facebook accounts.
Road Closures: I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs (MP 116) and Gypsum (MP 140), 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. 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. Beginning 8/23, Cottonwood Pass open for critical local passenger vehicle traffic. See details at this link: http://www.ecemergency.org/2020/08/cottonwood-pass-to-open-to-local.html For more information regarding road closures: www.cotrip.org.
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. https://colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-restriction-information
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
For more information:
Fire Information Line: (970) 930-1850
Media Line: (970) 930-1089
Office Hours: 7am-10pm