Grizzly Creek Fire – 25,000 acres, estimated
Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Hand Crews: 12
Water Tenders: 10
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 647
8.18.20, 9:23 a.m. – A Facebook Live Community Meeting for the Grizzly Creek Fire is planned for this evening, August 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.
8.17.20, 9:45 a.m. – Yesterday’s activity: Yesterday, more favorable weather allowed firefighters to continue with water and retardant drops. Construction of indirect and direct fire lines and additional structure protection were priorities. There was active fire in the upper No Name Creek drainage and resources focused on preventing spot fires from crossing the creek. The fire advanced in the Coffee Pot Road area, into flatter terrain, which help slow down the fire. Firefighters were able to directly engage the fire using air support providing retardant drops. Structure protection was ongoing in Bair Ranch and No Name, with no loss of structures.
Heavy smoke in the late afternoon was due primarily to the fire continuing to burn thick fuels in canyons and gullies along the north side of the fire.
Today’s Activity: Weather for the next two days is a concern, with the potential for dry thunderstorms. Hot and dry conditions with winds out of the north east are expected to continue. Firefighters will bolster their efforts using heavy equipment in every division to construct fire line. Structure protection will continue in No Name and Bair Ranch, with additional efforts in High Aspen, Spring Valley and areas to the south as needed. Crews on the east side of the fire will work to complete indirect fire line construction from I-70 to the Coffee Pot Road.
Crews will engage the fire where they safely can. Direct attack of the fire continues to be difficult, due to the rugged and steep terrain.
Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on Inciweb.
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.
Road closures: I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum, 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, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa 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
Fire restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t.
For photos – Flickr: USFSRockyMtns/albums
Fire information line: (970) 930-1850
Media line: (970) 930-1089
Office hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.