Grizzly Creek Fire update

Start Date: 08/10/2020
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 75%
Total Personnel: 567

(EAGLE, Colo.) – Firefighters capitalized on a soaking, overnight rainfall as they continued to tame the Grizzly Creek Fire on Tuesday. Nearly one-quarter of an inch of rain fell over the fire area over the course of several hours late Monday and early Tuesday. That will benefit firefighters working to subdue two pieces of active, stubborn fireline, as well as mop up the more passive sections of line.

“A slow, steady rain does a really good job of penetrating the fuels,” said fire behavior analyst Chris Moore with the Alaska Incident Management Team that has command of the fire. “If you get one big dump of rain it runs off before it can be absorbed. This type of rain does a lot beter for moistening those fuels.”

For the third day in a row, the fire showed no growth or increase in acreage. It remains at 32,464 acres and 75% containment. Firefighters have secured roughly 58 miles of the 78.5 miles of fire perimeter.

With the operational campaign switching over to mop up and suppression repair, fire managers remind hunters and recreationalists that a road and trail closure remains in place across much of the White River National Forest and on select BLM lands. There have been several instances recently where firefighters have encountered mountain bikers in closure areas. This creates a dangerous situation for firefighters, heavy equipment operators and mountain bikers on the narrow, twisty trails and roads in the Coffee Pot Road, Cottonwood Pass and Red Canyon areas.

“There are hundreds of miles of trails that remain open to mountain biking outside the closure area,” noted Alaska IMT Incident Commander Norm McDonald. “Out of respect for firefighter and public safety, we ask mountain bikers to adhere to the closures. The last thing we want is a surprise encounter between a mountain biker and a piece of heavy equipment.” For maps and closure info, go to White River NF closure area or BLM closure order and closure map.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to focus their energy in the usual areas – a roughly 9-mile piece of uncontained line in the No Name and Grizzly creek drainages on the northwest corner of the fire north of Glenwood Springs and about 10 miles of open line in the Cinnamon and Devil’s Hole drainages on the south end of the fire. Infrared flights by drone and aircra? have confirmed those are the two areas of concern, according to fire managers.

As containment goes up, the number of personnel shrinks. There are 567 personnel s?ll working on the fire. That number has dropped by 239 in the last week. There are 11 crews, 4 helicopters and 26 engines s?ll in the tac?cal line-up, plus a cadre of heavy equipment that includes 7 excavators, 5 dozers, 2 skidgines and 1 chipper. Suppression repair is nearly complete on dozer lines north of Coffee Pot Road and is ongoing around Bair Ranch and Red Canyon.

Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for firefighting operations and possible flash floods in the event of heavy rain. Go to cotrip.org for information on interstate closures.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for details.

Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

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Grizzly Creek Fire update