Grizzly Creek Fire update

August 30, 2020 

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 73%
Total Personnel: 657 

Much of the fire received widespread precipitation Saturday. The steep terrain, combined with a solid wetting rain, created treacherous working conditions on slopes and drainages. Crews were pulled off the line to wait for the rain to pass. Firefighters exercised extreme caution on the slippery roads.  

Cold fronts are forecast through Sunday and Monday, bringing isolated showers and strong winds. Despite the chance for local precipitation, fuels are expected to dry by Monday, which could be a critical fire day with low relative humidities and winds gusting to 37 mph. 

Crews are now working some of the roughest and most inaccessible portions of the fire. Helicopters were required to deliver two additional crews to an uncontained section of the fire perimeter, where they are working on a fireline to connect the Grizzly Creek rim to the No Name Creek rim. These two drainages comprise some of the most dangerous terrain on this fire and continue to present a challenge to firefighters and fire managers. An additional crew will be added today to support this crucial mission.  

Crews are working to strengthen firelines on recently contained parts of the fire, while suppression repair continues on sections of completed fireline that have been mopped up and cold trailed to ensure that there is no residual heat in the area. Resource Advisors, (READs), work closely with fire personnel and heavy equipment, aka “Big Iron,” to repair staging areas, firelines, roads and culverts that have been damage ed by fire suppression activities.  Land managers provide guidance to ensure that sensitive species, their habitats, and other resources with cultural and historical values are protected. 

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Motorists should expect delays for utility work and firefighting operations, or in the event of debris flow due to rain. 

Road closures remain in effectfor Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flat Top Wilderness accessed by those roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to

Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850

Grizzly Creek Fire update