Grizzly Creek Fire grows to 13,441 acres

UPDATE 8.14.20 – 3:47 pm:

Glenwood Springs temporarily suspends non-emergency airport traffic at the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport beginning Monday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Effective Monday, August 10, the City of Glenwood Springs suspended all non emergency flights at the Glenwood Springs Airport until further notice. The Airport is being utilized for fire operations for the Grizzly Creek Fire.

The Airport will maintain essential administrative operations and all critical emergency medical, search and rescue, and fire emergency services.

UPDATE 8.14.20 – 3:35 pm:

Grizzly Creek Fire community meeting
Tonight 6 p.m.

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – The Grizzly Creek Fire Team will host a virtual FaceBook live community meeting tonight, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. @GrizzlyCreekFireCO.

The meeting will also be live streamed from the Garfield County home page in English and in Spanish. To view the meeting from the Garfield County home page, click on links in the red box above the fire information.  

The community is invited to join in the discussion and ask questions of the fire team and local officials on Facebook.

Official fire information:
Current situation:
Yesterday the fire experienced rapid and erratic growth, challenging firefighters and prompting additional evacuations. The combination of dry vegetation, steep terrain, and the Red Flag conditions of hot, dry weather and gusty winds have continued to drive fire growth. On Thursday, the fire grew rapidly to the east towards Bair Ranch and southeast up Devil’s Hole Canyon. This resulted in an increase of acreage from 6,251 to 13,441 acres as of 10 p.m. Thursday when the fire was mapped. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire held in the bottom of the No Name Drainage.

Today the fire will continue to be active as weather conditions remain hot and dry. Firefighting efforts will include structure protection in the areas of Spring Valley, High Aspen and Lookout Mountain, and continued structure protection efforts in the I-70 corridor from No Name to Shoshone Power Station, Bair Ranch and Dotsero.

Helicopters will have access to refill at a portable fire-retardant mixing station and tank, which is being set up on I-70 near No Name. An additional helibase has been established in Glenwood Springs.

Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/.

The team will host a virtual Facebook live community meeting tonight, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

Evacuations: Residents in communities around the Grizzly Creek Fire should stay aware of the fire’s dynamic changing conditions. Anytime evacuation notices change or areas move into pre-evacuation status, the information will be shared at the Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.eaglecounty.us/emergency, as well as on official Facebook accounts and local radio stations.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for updates from their respective counties. In Garfield County, go to the Garfield County website and sign up for notifications at garco911.com. For residents of Eagle County, go to www.ecalert.org to sign up for notifications.

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 and Independence Pass are closed. 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: https://www.codot.gov/travel.

Area closures: White River National Forest and the BLM Grand Junction Field Office

Fire restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions. Information is at https://colorado.gov/paci…/dfpc/fire-restriction-information

Temporary flight restrictions (TFR): Temporary flight restrictions are in place for the Grizzly Creek Fire. Flying drones in the area of the fire is illegal, as well as dangerous for the fire pilots.
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Grizzly Creek Fire grows to 13,441 acres