GSFD: Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Glenwood Canyon

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UPDATE 8.10.20 – 9:00 p.m. – Wildfire ignites in Glenwood Canyon this afternoon
I-70 from Glenwood Springs to Gypsum will remain closed overnight
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — This afternoon about 60 firefighters and numerous aircraft responded to the 1,300-acre Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon near the Grizzly Creek rest area, about five miles east of Glenwood Springs.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are no immediate threats to structures and no evacuations are in place.
Most of the firefighting effort this afternoon took place from the air because the rugged terrain and extreme fire behavior. This afternoon the air attack included two VLATs (very large air tankers), five LATs (large air tankers), five helicopters, and two SEATs (single engine air tankers).
Interstate 70 is closed in both directions from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 140 (Gypsum); alternate routes are advised. The highway will be reopened when it is safe to do so.
The Forest Service is closing Coffee Pot Road outside of Dotsero and associated areas of the Flattops, as well as Hanging Lake. A map and more information about the closure will be posted tomorrow.
The fire was first reported 1:29 p.m. today. Upon arrival the firefighters encountered large active flames in the I-70 median before the fire took a run up the north-facing slope. Supporting agencies include the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Carbondale Fire and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
Firefighters are coordinating closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Firefighters reported extreme fire behavior. Conditions throughout western Colorado remain very dry, and fire danger is high. Fire updates can be found on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page @GrizzlyCreekFireCO or InciWeb
For Colorado Department of Transportation updates please visit:

Grizzly Creek Fire
8:30 pm 8-10-2020 Grizzly Creek Fire Photo by: Jenny Cutright

UPDATE 8.10.20 – 8:45 p.m. – FINAL EVENING UPDATE: Fire operations will conclude tonight and begin again tomorrow. CDOT has released that I-70 Glenwood Canyon Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 140 (Gypsum) will remain closed overnight. Also, access to the Flat Tops Wilderness from Coffee Pot Road is closed. For updates please visit: InciWeb

UPDATE 8.10.20 – 7:45 p.m. – I-70 Mountain Corridor Advisory: I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure to continue overnight. press release-|

UPDATE 8.10.20 – 5:46 p.m. – The Grizzly Creek Fire is reporting around 1,300 acres with over 60+firefighters on scene. Heavy air attack with four Heavy Air Tankers, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and a Type I and Type III helicopter. NO DRONES or UAS (unmanned aerial systems) are authorized in the area #IfYouFlyWeCant #grizzlycreekfire#120Fire

UPDATE 8.10.20 – 5 p.m. – This active wildfire continues to burn in Glenwood Canyon near Grizzly Creek (about six miles east of the main Glenwood Springs Exit). Currently there is heavy air attack taking place. A Temporary Flight Restriciton (TFR) is in place over the fire, remember NO DRONES or UAS (unmanned aerial systems) are authorized in the area #IfYouFlyWeCant #grizzlycreekfire#120Fire

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 4:40 p.m. – Official fire information located at:

Inciweb is active-incident #6942

White River National Forest facebook page @grizzlycreekfireco

Phone: #970-930-1850

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 4:30 p.m. – The eastbound I-70 closure now begins at Canyon Creek, at mile marker 109.

UPDATE 8.10.20 at 3:15 p.m. – The westbound I-70 closure now begins at Gypsum, at mile marker 140.
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UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 2:48 pm – In light of the Glenwood Canyon Interstate 70 closure, CDOT recommends that westbound travelers take US 24 to US 285 to Poncha Springs, where motorists can turn west on US 50, which reaches I-70 in Grand Junction.

Eastbound travelers should take US 50 to Poncha Springs, turn left onto US 285 to US 24, which reaches I-70 between Avon and Vail.

Motorists can take a northern detour of CO 131 to US 40 to 139. CO 13 at Rifle is open at this time, but not recommended due to construction.

UPDATE: 8.10.20 at 2:44 pm – One helicopter is on scene. Four heavy air tankers are en route. 

Aug. 10 – 1:38 p.m. – Glenwood Springs Fire Department is responding to a brush fire at mile marker 120 on eastbound Interstate 70. I-70 closed eastbound at mile marker 116 in Glenwood Springs. Closed westbound at Dotsero. Air support en route and the fire is moving uphill rapidly.

This will be updated as more information comes in.

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GSFD: Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Glenwood Canyon