CDOT: Preparing travelers for Glenwood Canyon – fall 2020

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon
Motorists should prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and safety closures due to debris flow and other weather-related events. CDOT also urges travelers to stay focused on the road and avoid distracted driving. If there is moderate, heavy or extreme rain in Glenwood Canyon over the Grizzly Creek burn scar, it is very likely there will be a debris flow, mudslides or rockfall. In order to maintain safety on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, CDOT has a plan in place for protecting the traveling public when there could be a debris flow, mudslides or rockfall.

Safety closures
If there is a flash flood watch for the Grizzly Creek burn scar, CDOT will have personnel and equipment on standby in preparation for a closure. If there is a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar, CDOT will close I-70 in Glenwood Canyon from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to 133 (Dotsero). All traffic will be affected and CDOT will immediately evacuate travelers from the canyon . During the closure, CDOT will monitor the roadway for debris flow, mudslides and rockfall. Personnel and
equipment will be ready to clear the road of debris and assess damage before reopening. CDOT will reopen I-70 in Glenwood Canyon once we’ve confirmed it is safe for the traveling public.

Note: A flash flood advisory is the step between a watch and a warning. In the event of a flash flood advisory , CDOT will be on standby in the same way as during a flash flood watch.

How to plan ahead
Motorists who are planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay close attention to weather forecasts. If there is rain in the forecast, be prepared for a closure on I-70 in the canyon. CDOT recommends picking an alternate route in case the canyon closes . Please refer to www.COtrip.org for the latest road conditions and route options. Motorists should be wary of using GPS navigation apps for searching alternate routes, since not all platforms provide up-to-date information. Travelers should avoid
using county or forest roads as alternate routes, as road conditions may not be favorable. CDOT also recommends that travelers bring an emergency kit, with water, snacks, a flashlight and a blanket, as mountain conditions often change suddenly in the fall season.

Driving in the canyon
Travelers are not allowed to stop in Glenwood Canyon while traveling on I-70. This is to protect the traveling public from debris flows, mudslides or rockfall in the canyon. In order to clear the canyon as quickly as possible during a closure, it is important for travelers to be in their vehicles while in the canyon. CDOT is working closely with Garfield and Eagle counties to prevent emergency search and rescue missions during a debris flow or other impacts. By keeping travelers in their cars and moving, we can better prevent search and rescue missions.

Rest areas
Rest areas in Glenwood Canyon are closed, in order to keep travelers on the road while in Glenwood Canyon (see paragraph above titled “Driving in the canyon”). Also, rest areas are located in areas that are more vulnerable to these events. CDOT will continue to monitor and assess safety in those locations. Rest areas may not reopen in 2020.

Bike path
The Glenwood Canyon bike path is closed to all users, in order to keep travelers on the road while in Glenwood Canyon (see paragraph above titled “Driving in the canyon”). The bike path will remain closed through the end of 2020, also due to damage that needs to be repaired before it can be safely reopened.

CO 82 Independence Pass
A popular alternate route is Colorado Highway 82 over Independence Pass. This is not a recommended detour due to restrictions and traffic impacts in September and October due to rockfall mitigation work. The pass is open to passenger vehicles only (cars, vans, SUVs). No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles will be allowed and a 35-foot length restriction continues to be in place (year round).

Independence Pass shows as closed on navigation apps in order to prevent commercial traffic from being routed over the pass. All road conditions and closures are posted in real time at COtrip.org. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours. Due to rockfall mitigation work, there will be daytime, weekday lane closures
with alternating traffic between mile points 59 to 62.

There will be a few days of full closures of CO 82 on Independence Pass in late September and early to mid-October, due to rockfall mitigation. Travelers should be aware that Independence Pass on Colorado Highway 82 is subject to closures due to inclement weather and is closed in the winter.

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Preparando a los viajeros para Glenwood Canyon (Otoño 2020)

I-70 en Glenwood Canyon
Los conductores deben prepararse para velocidades reducidas, no detener su automóvil en el cañón y cierres de seguridad debido al flujo de escombros y otros eventos relacionados con el clima. CDOT pide a los viajeros que se mantengan concentrados en la carretera y eviten manejar con distracciones. Si hay lluvias moderadas, fuertes o extremas en el Glenwood Canyon sobre el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, es probable que haya un flujo de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas. Para mantener la seguridad en la carretera interestatal I-70 en Glenwood Canyon, el CDOT tiene planes para proteger a los conductores cuando podría haber un flujo de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas.

Cierres por seguridad
Si hay una alerta de avenida torrencial para el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, el CDOT tendrá trabajadores y equipo en espera en preparación para un cierre. Si hay una alerta de avenida torrencial para el área quemada de Grizzly Creek, el CDOT cerrará la Interestatal 70 (I-70) en Glenwood Canyon desde la salida 116 (la ciudad de Glenwood Springs) a la 133 (la ciudad de Dotsero). Todo el tráfico se verá afectado y el CDOT evacuará inmediatamente a los conductores del cañón. Durante el cierre, el CDOT continúa monitoreando la carretera en busca de flujo de escombros,
deslizamientos de lodo y desprendimientos de rocas. Los trabajadores y el equipo estarán listos para limpiar el camino de escombros y evaluar los daños antes de reabrir. El CDOT reabrirá la I-70 en Glenwood Canyon una vez que hayamos confirmado que es seguro para el público viajero.

Nota: Una alerta de avenida torrencial es lo que sucede entre una Vigilancia y una Advertencia. En caso de un alerta de avenida torrencial , el CDOT estará en espera de la misma manera que durante una vigilancia de avenida torrencial.

Cómo planificar
Los conductores que planean viajar por la I-70 en Glenwood Canyon deben monitorear las previsiones meteorológicas. Si se pronostica lluvia, prepárese para un cierre en la I-70 en el cañón. CDOT recomienda elegir una ruta alternativa si el cañón se cierra. Consulte el sitio web COtrip.org para conocer las condiciones más recientes en la carretera y las opciones de desvío.

Los conductores deben tener cuidado con el uso de aplicaciones de navegación GPS para buscar rutas alternativas, ya que no siempre tienen información actualizada. Los viajeros deben evitar usar las carreteras del condado o las carreteras forestales como rutas alternativas. Es posible que las condiciones de la carretera no sean las correctas. El CDOT también recomienda que los conductores traigan un equipo de emergencia, con agua, bocadillos, una linterna y una manta, porque las condiciones
de la montaña pueden cambiar repentinamente en la temporada de otoño.

Manejando en el cañón
Los conductores no pueden detenerse en Glenwood Canyon mientras viajan por la carretera interestatal de I-70. Esto es para proteger a los viajeros de los flujos de escombros, deslizamientos de lodo o desprendimientos de rocas en el cañón. Para despejar el cañón rápidamente durante un cierre, es importante que los viajeros permanezcan en sus vehículos mientras están en el cañón. El CDOT está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con el Condado de Garfield y el Condado de Eagle para evitar misiones de búsqueda y rescate de emergencia durante un flujo de escombros u otros
impactos. Al mantener a los viajeros en sus carros y en movimiento, podemos prevenir mejor las misiones de búsqueda y rescate.

Área de descanso
Las áreas de descanso en el Glenwood Canyon están cerradas para mantener a los conductores en la carretera mientras se encuentran en Glenwood Canyon (consulte el párrafo anterior titulado “Manejando en el cañón”). Además, las áreas de descanso se ubican en áreas más vulnerables a estos eventos. El CDOT continuará monitoreando y evaluando la seguridad en esos lugares. Es posible que las áreas de descanso no vuelvan a abrir en 2020.

Carril para Bicicletas
El carril para bicicletas en Glenwood Canyon está cerrado para todos, con el fin de mantener a los conductores en la carretera mientras se encuentran en Glenwood Canyon (consulte el párrafo anterior titulado “Manejando en el cañón”). Este carril para bicicletas permanecerá cerrado hasta 2020, también debido a daños que deben repararse antes de que pueda reabrirse de manera segura.

Autopista CO 82 sobre Independence Pass
Una ruta alternativa popular es la autopista CO 82 sobre Independence Pass. Este no es un desvío recomendado debido a restricciones y impactos de tráfico en Septiembre y Octubre debido a trabajos de mitigación de desprendimiento de rocas. El pase está disponible solo para vehículos de pasajeros (carros, camionetas, SUV). No se permitirán vehículos comerciales de motor (CMV), caravanas o vehículos recreativos. Existe una restricción de longitud de 35 pies (todo el año). Independence Pass está cerrado en las aplicaciones de navegación GPS para evitar que los vehículos comerciales utilicen el pase. Todas las condiciones y cierres de carreteras se publican en tiempo real en el sitio web COtrip.org.

Los conductores esperan velocidades lentas, tiempos de viaje prolongados y retrasos de hasta dos horas. Debido al trabajo de mitigación de desprendimiento de rocas, habrá cierres de carriles durante el día entre semana con tráfico alterno entre los puntos de milla 59 y 62.

Habrá cierres completos de la autopista CO 82 en Independence Pass a finales de Septiembre y de principios a mediados de Octubre, debido a la mitigación de desprendimientos de rocas . Los conductores deben tener en cuenta que Independence Pass en la autopista CO 82 está sujeto a cierres debido a las inclemencias del tiempo y está cerrado en invierno.

CDOT: Preparing travelers for Glenwood Canyon – fall 2020

Travelers should anticipate potential closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to flash floods

The National Weather Service has announced a Flash Flood Watch for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area in effect until 10 a.m.

COLORADO – Motorists should be prepared for a potential closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon due to heavy rainfall that could trigger flash floods, mudslides, rockfall or other hazards to travelers. Heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area is expected up to and during the period of the Flash Flood Watch, which is in effect until 10 a.m. Motorists should take extra precaution before heading out onto I-70. 

ENCOUNTERING INCLEMENT WEATHER

If you are stuck in a closure waiting for a road to be cleared of mud or rocks, do not leave your car unless absolutely necessary. Never hang out in the grassy median located between lanes. If traffic is moving in the opposite direction, the median can be a hazardous area. Emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment may also need the median area to move about and access the emergency scene.

Lengthy closures on the interstate may also be the result of staged releases. As stopped traffic backs up, creating long lines, traffic will be let go in stages, allowing traffic queues ahead to clear, before releasing more traffic. 

BE PREPARED 

Highway closures can last for as little as a few minutes or for as long as several hours. When drivers set out on a trip, especially through high country roads or the I-70 mountain corridor, it would be wise to have the car supplied with an emergency kit. The kit should contain at the very minimum: water, snacks, flashlight, and a blanket. Remember to also carry water for your pets if you’re traveling with animals. You may even consider packing some items to keep you or children occupied while waiting in the car. Activity books, colored pencils or a deck of cards can help pass the time.   

DRIVER SAFETY 

When motorists drive up onto a flooded area, there are several precautions to follow.  

  • Never drive through any flooded area, you do not know how deep or how fast the water is running. 
  • Even 8-10 inches of water can float an average-sized car, which can be easily swept off the road. 
  • Driving too fast on wet roads or in flooded areas can cause a vehicle to hydroplane. Never use your cruise control during rainy conditions with standing water on the roadway.
  • Any amount of flooding or mud can obstruct the roadway and hinder drivers from knowing exactly where to drive. If you cannot see the roadway, be smart and wait for the water to subside. 
  • Water and mud can contain unknown hazards hidden under the surface – rocks or other debris, like plant material and tree branches.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

FIRE INFORMATION

Agencies are responding to the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. Updates and information can be found at: 

Travelers should anticipate potential closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to flash floods

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon travel alert

Motorists should be prepared for potential safety closures on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area until 10 a.m. The US National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado is forecasting heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows. Travelers should identify an alternate route before hitting the road, in case safety closures are necessary.

If you are stuck in a closure waiting for a road to be cleared of mud or rocks, do not leave your car unless absolutely necessary. Never hang out in the grassy median located between lanes. If traffic is moving in the opposite direction, the median can be a hazardous area. Emergency response vehicles and heavy equipment may also need the median area to move about and access the emergency scene.

Lengthy closures on the interstate may also be the result of staged releases. As stopped traffic backs up, creating long lines, traffic will be let go in stages, allowing traffic queues ahead to clear, before releasing more traffic. #KnowBeforeYouGo

CDOT: I-70 Glenwood Canyon travel alert

CDOT: Plan for likely closures in Glenwood Canyon, heavy weekend traffic on I-70

I-70 MOUNTAIN CORRIDOR – Motorists should plan for heavy traffic on Interstate 70 this weekend and will encounter closures in Glenwood Canyon due to continuing repairs and weather impacts. Denver metro motorists heading into the mountains should expect variable conditions as well. A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the central mountains, including I-70 and much of the Western Slope. The forecast includes rain and the potential for heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday, which could cause mudslides, debris flow or rockfall onto I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Burn areas from the Grizzly Creek Fire have increased vulnerability for mudslides and rockfall. It is possible that any of those impacts could require a safety closure in the canyon. Ongoing repair work to power poles, by Xcel, will also likely require closures on Saturday in Glenwood Canyon.

I-70 reopened on Monday after an extended closure due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. In addition to likely closures, motorists in Glenwood Canyon should be prepared for reduced speeds and no stopping in the canyon. Rest areas and the bike path continue to be closed for public safety.

Highway closures can last for as little as a few minutes or for as long as several hours. When drivers set out on a trip, especially through high country roads or the I-70 mountain corridor, it would be wise to have the car supplied with an emergency kit. The kit should contain at the very minimum: water, snacks, flashlight, and a blanket. Remember to also carry water for your pets if you’re traveling with animals. You may even consider packing some items to keep you or children occupied while waiting in the car. Activity books, colored pencils or a deck of cards can help pass the time.   

I-70 ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

CDOT recommends that travelers plan for alternative routes to I-70 when there is heavy rain in the forecast, in order to be prepared for a closure. Expect delays when using detour routes and possible construction impacts on US and state highways. Recommended alternative routes will help travelers arrive at their final destination (see below). CDOT urges motorists to avoid relying on navigation apps that may take motorists on forest roads and over mountain passes. 

  • Through traffic: CDOT recommends a southern detour route, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes. Drivers should anticipate additional traffic on these routes. CDOT has paused some construction projects in order to accommodate detour traffic. CDOT discourages travelers from using highways north of I-70 as a through route, due to construction zones (even if projects are paused during the closure).
  • WESTBOUND I-70: Denver metro area motorists can travel on US 285 to US 50, and continue west to Grand Junction. Travelers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or use CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50.
  •  EASTBOUND I-70 : Motorists traveling from Grand Junction can use US 50 east to US 285 and continue to Denver. Eastbound travelers on US 50/285 may also use US 24, CO 91or CO 9 for destinations at or near Vail, Copper Mountain or Silverthorne. 
  • Independence Pass: CO 82 between Aspen and US 24 is open with limited access and alternating traffic, controlled by flagging personnel. Motorists are advised that only passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and vans are allowed. No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles are allowed. A 35-foot length restriction is in place. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours if traveling over Independence Pass. Campers and recreational vehicles are strongly advised to seek alternate southern routes. 
  • CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass, or other county or forest service roads in Eagle and Garfield counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. 
CDOT: Plan for likely closures in Glenwood Canyon, heavy weekend traffic on I-70

CDOT: Travel restrictions lifted for Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass is opening up with no additional restrictions effective immediately as of 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. This is due to this morning’s reopening of I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. As always, large vehicles should not travel through Cottonwood Pass. 

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Cottonwood Pass had been reopened for critical, local passenger vehicle traffic only. Nearly 250 requests were processed between Sunday and Monday morning for authorized use of the pass.

Should I-70 close in the future, access to Cottonwood Pass will be re-evaluated.  

For additional details on travel information, visit www.cotrip.org

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CDOT: Se levantan las restricciones para el Pase de Cottonwood

Cottonwood Pass se abre sin restricciones adicionales con efecto inmediato a partir de las 2 p.m. del lunes 24 de agosto. Esto se debe a la reapertura de la autopista I-70 esta mañana entre Glenwood Springs y Gypsum. Como siempre, los vehículos grandes no deben pasar por Cottonwood Pass.

El domingo 23 de agosto, Cottonwood Pass había sido reabierto solo para el tráfico de vehículos de pasajeros locales y con asuntos críticos. Se procesaron casi 250 solicitudes entre el domingo y el lunes por la mañana para el uso autorizado del pase.

Si la I-70 se cierra en el futuro, se volverá a evaluar el acceso a Cottonwood Pass.

Para obtener detalles adicionales sobre información relacionado a los viajes, visite www.cotrip.org

CDOT: Travel restrictions lifted for Cottonwood Pass

CDOT announces limited reopening of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is announcing a limited reopening of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon this morning. CDOT asks that motorists prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and closures due to mudslides and other events. CDOT also urges travelers to stay focused on the road and avoid distracted driving. The I-70 closure began Monday, Aug. 10, when the Grizzly Creek Fire started burning along the interstate. The closure was located between Glenwood Springs (Mile Point 116) and Gypsum (MP 140). Wildfires in other parts of Colorado continue to affect Colorado Highways 14 and 139.

The Colorado Department of Transportation opened 1-70 in Glenwood Canyon on Monday morning. Travelers will encounter a lower speed limit and should anticipate more safety closures after rains or other weather. Motorists should also plan for not being able to stop at rest areas in the canyon, due to rockfall and other hazards.

While on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, it is critical for motorists to pay attention to the roadway, and follow signage and traffic guidance through the canyon. A head-to-head detour is in place between Hanging Lake Tunnel (Mile Point MP 125) and near No Name Tunnel (MP 117.6). This detour is on the eastbound deck, and is similar to the construction detour in place this summer during the Glenwood Canyon Phase 7 project. CDOT asks motorists to plan for additional travel time due to lower speed limits in the detour and elsewhere in the canyon.

Travelers should prepare for intermittent closures on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon that are required for repairs after the Grizzly Creek Fire or if conditions in the canyon require a safety closure. Repairs include the replacement of power poles by aerial operations, which require closing the interstate. The roadway and structures along the eastbound deck have been reviewed and are safe to travel on.

Travelers are urged to pay close attention to weather forecasts. Although CDOT has carefully reviewed the hazards affecting I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, the roadway is a changing environment. Even minimal amounts of rain could trigger mudslides, debris flows or rock slides in the burn area. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Glenwood Canyon this week and could prompt a safety closure. Motorists are asked to watch the forecast closely through the weekend. CDOT has a plan in place for needed emergency closures due to rockfall, mudslides or other impacts from burn scars on the canyon walls. We have stationed personnel in the canyon to allow quick response to any events that could impact the roads. Those personnel have the equipment necessary to restrict traffic so that CDOT can safely clear the road and assess damage before reopening. CDOT is also working on plans to bolster long-term resiliency to sediment fall and avalanche.

Travelers will not be able to stop in Glenwood Canyon while traveling on I-70. Rest areas in the canyon will be closed and motorists will not be able to use exit ramps. I-70 is too narrow to allow stopped vehicles along the roadway and Colorado State Patrol troopers will assist in watching for motorists who attempt to stop. The Glenwood Canyon bike path is also closed at this time. Rafting, kayaking and other river recreation activities are not allowed on the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon at this time.

CDOT will continue to monitor conditions in the canyon and will restrict traffic when necessary to maintain safety for the traveling public. 

CDOT announces limited reopening of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

CDOT: Active wildfires increase and extend highway closures across Colorado

STATEWIDE ? Highway safety closures are in place due to active wildfires in several locations around the state. The closures are in response to wildfires that continue to burn or are expanding to locations near state highways. Wildfire conditions in Colorado are an active situation: fire conditions can change rapidly with closures at any time. Motorists should avoid fire areas and be prepared for new road conditions and delays. CDOT recommends that travelers “know before you go” by checking COtrip.org before traveling, having detour maps handy (see below) and packing emergency food, water, and other supplies.


Reopening for all routes below will depend on wildfire activity in the coming days. Closures include:

  • Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed between Mile Point 116 (Glenwood Springs) and MP 140 (Gypsum) due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. The closure began Monday, Aug. 10, when the Grizzly Creek Fire began burning along the interstate. There is no estimated time of opening I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. More information about the Grizzly Creek Fire can be found here.
  • Colorado Highway 14 is closed from west of Cameron Pass and Walden (Mile Point 61) for eastbound traffic and at Rustic and County Road 69 (MP 91) for westbound traffic due to the Cameron Peak Wildfire. Please see alternate routes below. More information about the Cameron Peak Fire can be found here.
  • Colorado Highway 139 (Douglas Pass) is closed due to fire activity from the Pine Gulch Fire. The closure is north of Loma (Fruita/Grand Junction) and between Mile Point 6 and MP 39. There is no anticipated time for reopening. More information about the Pine Gulch Fire can be found here.

The Williams Fork Fire in Grand County is burning near US Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9, north of I-70, but is not impacting state highways at this time. More information about the Williams Fork Fire can be found here.

CDOT urges drivers to take recommended detours (see below) and not rely on mapping apps that may take motorists on forest roads and over mountain passes. Remote, rugged routes are not built for heavy traffic or for two-wheel drive vehicles.

DETOUR ROUTES
CDOT recommends that travelers plan for delays when using detour routes and possible construction impacts on US and state highways. Please also check COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. 


I-70

  • I-70 through traffic: CDOT recommends a southern detour route, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes. Drivers should anticipate additional traffic on these routes. CDOT has paused some construction projects in order to accommodate detour traffic. CDOT discourages travelers from using highways north of I-70 as a through route, due to construction zones (even if projects are paused during the closure).
  • WESTBOUND I-70: Denver metro area motorists can travel on US 285 to US 50, and continue west to Grand Junction. Travelers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or usus CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50.
  •  EASTBOUND I-70 : Motorists traveling from Grand Junction can use US 50 east to US 285 and continue to Denver. Eastbound travelers on US 50/285 may also use US 24, CO 91or CO 9 for destinations at or near Vail, Copper Mountain or Silverthorne. 
  • Independence Pass: CO 82 between Aspen and US 24 is open with limited access and alternating traffic, controlled by flagging personnel. Motorists are advised that only passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and vans are allowed. No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles are allowed. A 35-foot length restriction is in place. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours if traveling over Independence Pass. Campers and recreational vehicles are strongly advised to seek alternate southern routes. 
  • CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass, or other county or forest service roads in Eagle and Garfield counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. 


CO 14

  • CDOT recommends detouring north on US Highway 287 or Interstate 25 to Laramie, Wyoming, and then traveling on Wyoming Highway 230 to Walden, Colo.

CO 139

  • CDOT recommends traveling on CO 9 or CO 131 to access US Highway 40, or to travel in reverse from NW Colorado to points south or the recommended detour around the I-70 closure. CDOT advises commercial traffic to use CO 9 instead of CO 131, for safety purposes. Please note that while CO 13 is open at this time, it is not a recommended detour due to construction. Oversize commercial vehicles are not allowed on CO 13 due to construction restrictions. 
CDOT: Active wildfires increase and extend highway closures across Colorado

Grizzly Creek Fire at 25,007 acres

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics, 8.16.20, 10:58 a.m.:
Size: 25,007 acres
Start date:  Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 0%

Resources:
Hand crews:
15
Helicopters: 13
Engines: 32
Water tenders: 7
Dozers: 4
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 625  

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire information line: (970) 930-1850
Office hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Yesterday’s activity: Skies were clear early in the day as the inversion lifted causing higher temperatures and a more active fire. By mid-afternoon the fire on the north flank made a run from Grizzly Creek to Coffee Pot Road. The fire did spot across the road, but firefighters were able to catch it as the fuel types transitioned from timber to sage. Spot fires from the previous night grew together and moved towards Bair Ranch. Dozer line around Bair Ranch and structure protection measures, were successful in holding back the fire resulting in no loss of structures. Fire on the southeast edge is holding just shy of Spruce ridge. Heavy smoke in late afternoon was due to the fire pushing between the Deadman Canyon and Devil’s Hole Canyon. The fire has moved to the canyon rim and is holding. Activity in the No Name area was quiet as the containment lines held and crews worked to bring in water with hose lays and aerial water drops.

Today’s activity: Firefighters will continue implementing structure protection measures around the gondola at Adventure Park and will move north to Transfer Trail with heavy equipment building indirect line. Crews will work to keep fire south of Coffee Pot Road by constructing and reinforcing control lines. Crews will engage the fire where they safely can. Direct attack of the fire has been difficult due to the rugged and steep terrain. Firefighters will hold and improve line construction as fire comes out of deep canyons. At this time the fire is held up on Spruce Ridge, however, there are stringers of heavy timber that are concerning. Contingency line to the east will be implemented by heavy equipment. Today heavy air tankers will be shared with the Pine Gulch Fire. 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/

Evacuations: Please go to Garfield County website at www.Garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.ecemergency.org, as well as on official Facebook

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

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.

Fire restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions. https://colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-restriction-information

A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t Facebook.

Grizzly Creek Fire at 25,007 acres