White River National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
Grizzly Creek Fire
August 22, 2020 Update
Yesterday’s Activity: Crews contained the fire to the northwest at the I-70 corridor and No Name drainage. Containment was also achieved from Coffee Pot Road to I-70. This is depicted on fire maps as a black line, which indicates containment at the fire perimeter. There was minimal fire growth in No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages yesterday. Crews built a line around Bair Ranch structures to the east and conducted burnout operations up to Ike Ridge. To the west, from the Lookout Park area back down to I-70, helicopters continued to drop retardant over the area from the mobile retardant plant staged on the highway. Crews and heavy equipment were used in moderate and accessible terrain. Initial Attack and Structure Protection resources remained available if needed in either direction of the fire.
Today’s Activity: Expect to see moderate to active fire behavior today as the weather remains hot and dry with light winds. On the east side of the fire, more burnout operations are planned to remove fuel between the main fire and containment lines and to secure the line from I-70 to the top of Spruce Ridge. Interior islands of aspen stands and sagebrush continue to smolder in the fire area. On the west side of the fire, crews plan to work in steeper sections of Bear Creek and in the Lookout Mountain Park area.
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. 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: 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/
Grizzly Creek Fire – 29,992 acres
Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Hand Crews: 18
Water Tenders: 12
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 873
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Office Hours: 7am-10pm