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Grizzly Creek Fire

Unit Information

White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

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Incident Contacts

Marcia Gilles
Phone: 970-306-8689

Fire Information
Phone: 970-945-2521
Hours: M-F 8-4p

Highlighted Activity

10/23/2020 Grizzly Creek Fire grows 150 acres
– Since Thursday, the Grizzly Creek fire has grown approximately 150 acres between the west side of Grizzly Creek drainage and No Name drainage. Spot fires also occurred on the east side of the...
News - 10/23/2020
Grizzly Creek Fire Area closure shown with black diagonal lines within a black border. Transfer trail closed routes shown in red.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Update Oct. 23 The fire has shown little growth today.

Since Oct. 22 the Grizzly Creek fire has grown approximately 150 acres between the west side of Grizzly Creek drainage and No Name drainage. Spot fires also occurred on the east side of the upper Grizzly Creek drainage and ground crews are working to contain these spots. Please do not report smoke visible from area communities.  

The fire is now 32,631 acres and 91 percent contained.

Additional resources were called in today (Oct 23) to engage the new fire activity: air attack, 2 Large Air Tankers, 1 Very Large Air Tanker, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, a type 3 helicopter, type 1 helicopter, White River Wildfire module, California Eagle Lake Wildfire Module, Montana BLM type 6 engine, a type 2 Initial Attack crew, and an additional type 2 crew arriving on Saturday.

“Fire behavior today has not showed much growth in acres. Mostly some isolated torching” said Incident Commander Dan Nielsen. “Please respect the area closure of the fire perimeter and remember the White River National Forest and BLM in this area are in Stage 1 fire restrictions.” Nielsen elaborated that the plan is to suppress the fire with ground resources where it is safe to do so. Air resources to the west side of Grizzly Creek will be utilized to slow fire growth. The plan for additional resources to staff the fire will continue to evolve depending on precipitation from this weekend’s predicted snow fall.

If you are hunting, camping or recreating in the area be alerted to changing fire behavior, respect the closure area, and follow Stage 1 fire restrictions which prohibit campfires outside of designated fire rings.

Maps of the current area closure as well as the fire perimeter are available on InciWeb: Check or for the latest fire restriction information.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 10th, 2020 approx. 01:30 PM
Location1 mile east of Glenwood Springs, CO
Incident CommanderUCR Type 4
Coordinates39.567 latitude, -107.271 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel50
Size32,631 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)


Varied fuels including oak brush, and pinyon juniper transitioning to mixed-conifer and aspen at higher elevations. High elevation plateaus consist of rapidly curing grass and shrubs interspersed with pockets of mixed conifer. Fuels at lower elevations are moderating with increased moisture and higher humidity.

Significant Events

Some smokes and interior burning


Planned Actions

Continue monitoring fire activity. Suppression action will be taken if needed.

Projected Incident Activity

Continue suppression repair and monitoring for smokes. Suppression action will be taken if needed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Drying trend.