August 29, 2020
Incident Commander: Norm McDonald
Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 32,448 acres
Total Personnel: 644
(EAGLE, Colo.) – The Alaska Incident Management Team met with local agency administrators on Friday to discuss long-term management strategies and objectives. The complete opening of Interstate 70 remains an ongoing priority, as well as restoring access to public lands and roads.
Crews continue to strengthen control lines in the broken and rugged terrain of the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages. Additional crews are arriving today to improve the contingency lines in the northwest corner of the fire.
A Colorado National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk gained situational awareness during a reconnaissance flight over the fire on Friday and was shown the helispots and areas where firefighters are working. They will be providing medevac coverage with hoist capabilities and flight medics.
Containment reached 71% on Friday as firefighters worked 10 to 25 feet in from the edge of the fire, widening control lines and cold trailing the fire’s edge. Cold trailing is a method of working the fire’s edge by carefully inspecting and feeling for heat with the hand.
A cold front is expected to blow in from the northeast this morning, bringing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall. Strong winds are predicted to persist into next week.
Suppression repair is underway with the help of heavy equipment. Crews are chipping and dispersing vegetation that was piled during the construction of firelines.
Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Motorists should expect delays for utility work and firefighting operations, or in the event of debris flow due to rain.
Road closures remain in effectfor Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flat Top Wilderness 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.