Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Fire size: 32,304 acres
Start date: 08/10/2020
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Total personnel: 724
Special note: There is a Facebook Live community meeting tonight, Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska Incident Management Team, local officials and cooperating agencies.
Current situation: It was a tense day at the command center Tuesday after the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued an afternoon flash flood watch for heavy rains over the burn area. Though the west end of the fire did receive some light precipitation, the heavy rains never developed. However, the situation highlighted concerns about the potential for flooding and debris flow in the Glenwood Canyon due to the fire.
Meanwhile, fire managers on the Alaska Incident Management Team continued to gather awareness and explore opportunities for ways to increase containment on the fire from the present estimated 61%. The team also began developing a repair plan for sections of the fire where suppression actions impacted the landscape.
Helicopters used water drops to cool hot spots in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages on the northwest edge of the fire so that firefighters could access and reconnaissance the area for opportunities to take direct action on what has been one of the fire’s remaining problem areas. Crews also worked on securing uncontained line to the east of that area taking direct action where conditions allowed.
Fire behavior was tame over most of the fire area but there are still visible smokes popping up in the interior when the fire finds receptive fuels in the form of unburned islands, specifically in the Cinnamon Creek and Devil’s Hole Creek drainages north of Green Lake. Fire managers scouted that area to determine where they might be able to put boots on the ground to secure uncontained lines.
Elsewhere, firefighters mopped up after a successful, multi-day firing operation on Spruce Ridge above Bair Ranch and continued to monitor, patrol and mop up other areas to increase the width of containment lines.
Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic but motorists should expect periodic delays due to possible firefighting activity or other work related to powerline and road repairs or flash floods.
Road closures: Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are closed, as are many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org.
Flight restrictions: 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/.
Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850