AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire 68 percent contained

Grizzly Creek Fire
Fire Size: 32,408 acres
Containment: 68%
Start date: 08/10/2020                                 
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation                           
Total Personnel:663

8.28.20, 8:54 a.m. – Helicopters used water drops to support firefighters working on uncontained portions of the perimeter on Thursday. Firefighters are focusing their efforts on the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages on the northwest edge of the fire, as well as the southern perimeter near Green Lake, which remain the two biggest challenges for fire managers.

Containment increased to 68% as crews patrolled and improved control line around the perimeter. Firefighters worked lines with hand tools, dozers and excavators.

Fire behavior continues to moderate with cooler temperatures and lower relative humidity, which are expected to continue into this weekend. Possible precipitation this weekend could aid in meeting suppression objectives but brings with it increased risk of flooding and debris flow, a major concern for fire managers.

As containment increases, attention turns to repairing impacts on the landscape and communities caused by the fire. Suppression repair has begun on Coffee Pot Road, north of Interstate 70, to minimize the impact of firefighting activities. This includes rehabilitation of dozer and handlines, as well as restoring access to areas that have been closed due to the fire.

“We’re focusing on the economic and social impacts the fire has had and trying to help this community get back to normal life,” said Incident Commander Norm McDonald.

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Motorists should expect periodic delays for power line and utility repair and firefighting operations.

Road closures remain in effect for Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org.

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

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AIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire 68 percent contained