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

Pine Gulch Fire Update

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics: 
Size: approximately 139,007 acres 
Containment: 81%  Total personnel: 658 
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of  Grand Junction, CO 
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m. 
Cause: Lightning   

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander 
Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Special Notes: Bureau of Land Management Closure Areas for the Pine Gulch Fire have decreased and there are no longer evacuation or pre-evacuation orders for the Pine Gulch Fire. Last night Garfield County Sheriff’s Office announced all evacuation and pre-evacuation orders for the Pine Gulch Fire have been lifted. Road closures are still in effect at this time. See Closures below for more information. 

Current Situation: Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire. Yesterday they did a reconnaissance flight over the fire to check for hot spots and assess containment lines made by aircraft. They saw fire slowly backing down in interior isolated areas in drainages along the southern fire edge in the Munger Creek area (Division B). Creeping and smoldering fire was also seen along drainages along the southern rim of the East Salt Creek main canyon, (Division D/E), so hand crews and engines worked to cool that area. 

Repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire and perimeter. Good progress is being made with work such as restoring water bars on roads, spreading piled up dirt and vegetation and mulching cut brush and limbs. Suppression repair on the east and northwest sides of the fire (Divisions Z and D/E) continued. Work on County Road 256 helped open access to hunters as archery season begins today. Yesterday suppression repair work began in the East Salt Canyon area north of Highway 139. Specialized heavy equipment has been ordered to complete suppression repair work. 

Weather Forecast & Fire Behavior: Mostly sunny with high temperatures at low elevations near 80 degrees and at high elevations near 75 degrees. Relative humidity will be 15-20 percent. Winds will be from the northwest/west northwest with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. High pressure building across the Great Basin will bring temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal and relative humidity below 15 percent through the end of the week, when winds will increase and shift to the southwest.  

No fire perimeter growth is expected and smoldering and creeping fire activity will continue within containment lines. Isolated pockets of live and dead vegetation will continue to burn in the interior of the fire. With increasing winds and dry conditions, elevated fire weather conditions may once again develop. New ignitions outside current containment lines have potential for active fire spread, so the public is asked to observe fire restrictions and follow fire prevention measures,  

Major Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The 21 Road north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd.  

Today the BLM reduced its closure area, opening up areas northwest, west and south of the fire. Garvey Canyon Road remains closed. County Road 256 east of Douglas Pass is now open, but motorists may encounter delays. North Fruita Desert 18 Road, campground and bike trails are now open as well as the base of Bookcliffs and Coal Canyon. V 2/10 Road north of the Wild Horse Management area and County Road 209 are also open. Mount Garfield hiking trail remains open to foot travel. Please see: www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire  

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.  

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

For More Information:  Information office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Media inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov  Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/  Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO Interactive fire map: https://arcg.is/W0izr 
Highway information: https://cotrip.org/home.htm     

Equipment and Personnel Include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 33 engines, 10 bulldozers, 19 water tenders, 2 masticators 3 skidgens and overhead/support personnel 

Pine Gulch Fire Update

Pine Gulch Fire update

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander
Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 139,007 acres
Containment: 81%
Suppression repair completion: 18%
Total Personnel: 629
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 1 helicopter, 28 engines, 10 bulldozers, 18 water tenders, 2 masticators 3 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Virtual Public Meeting Tonight: Fire personnel will hold a virtual public meeting this evening at 6:00 pm

Access by Zoom: https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1608488617?pwd=aWRkN2dzdDJFVmJ5RE1yaWJFeEw3Zz09

Meeting ID: 160 848 8617

Passcode: 128817

Access by Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO You do not need to have a Facebook account to view Facebook Live, but you do need one to type in questions.

Current Situation: Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire. Due to dry weather and gusty winds yesterday, some interior hot spots flared up, but these did not threaten firelines. Firefighters will monitor these areas and take a reconnaissance flight over the fire today to check containment lines made by aircraft (water and retardant drops) in areas inaccessible to fire crews and equipment (mostly in Division B).

Repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire and perimeter. Good progress is being made, but moving heavy equipment takes time on narrow, winding roads. Suppression repair on the east side of the fire (Division Z) is almost complete and yesterday, workers and equipment moved to the northwest side of the fire (Division D/E), working from Road 256 south. Today will be the first full shift of suppression repair in both sides of the fire. Priority areas for returning the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible include access roads used by oil and gas companies and hunters. Fire personnel continue to contact private landowners to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties.

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: Today will be mostly sunny, but cooler, with a 20 percent chance of showers this morning. High temperatures at lower elevations will be near 80 and at higher elevations in the low 70’s. Relative humidity will be 25-30 percent. Temperatures will gradually warm to above normal through this weekend as high pressure brings drier weather.

Evacuations and Pre-Evacuations: Evacuations and pre-evacuations are changing in Garfield County as fire activity decreases. Please go to: www.garfield-county.com and scroll down to the “evacuations” tab for the most recent updates. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation. Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The 21 Road north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. Some BLM lands in the fire area are still closed. Please see: www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 75%
Total Personnel: 589

(EAGLE, Colo.) – Strong afternoon wind gusts swept over the Grizzly Creek Fire area for the second day in a row and once again control lines held. Despite wind gusts measured at more than 40 mph over parts of the fire, there was no increase in acreage while containment bumped up to an estimated 75%.

The strongest winds were between 8,000 – 11,000 feet, according to Incident Meteorologist Nathan Heinert. Winds at lower elevations and in valleys weren’t quite as strong. “A lot of the fire was protected, which is a good thing,” he said.

That containment lines rose to the challenge two days in a row validates all the hard work and long hours that hundreds of firefighters have put in the past 3 ½ weeks. Sixty of the approximately 80 miles of fire perimeter are now contained.

Mother Nature provided a helping hand Monday night with a steady rain that dropped two-tenths of an inch of rain over most of the fire area. Fortunately, the rain wasn’t heavy enough to prompt any concerns about runoff or flash floods, said Heinert.

Operational focus on Monday remained on uncontained line in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages. Three hotshot crews succeeded in connecting two pieces of hand line along the southwest of rim of Grizzly Creek and fire managers are hoping to connect that line to No Name Creek today to secure that edge of the fire.

An unmanned aerial system (aka drone) was used to inspect the two drainages on Monday. “They looked really good,” Alaska IMT Operations Section Chief Karen Scholl said. “They weren’t showing much heat at all.”

Suppression repair continues to ramp up and fire managers are hoping to add more heavy equipment to the lineup. There are currently six dozers, six excavators and two chippers working to rehab lines in the areas of Coffee Pot Road, Bair Ranch, Red Canyon and No Name.

The Forest Service announced the fire was human caused at a Facebook Live community meeting held in Eagle on Monday. The investigation into the specific cause will continue.

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.

Road/trail closures remain in effect for Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops Wilderness accessed by those roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. For maps and closure info, go to White River NF closure area or BLM closure order and closure map.

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

Pine Gulch Fire update

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander
Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 139,007 acres
Containment: 79%
Total Personnel: 686
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 34 engines, 11 bulldozers, 20 water tenders, 3 masticators 6 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Virtual Public Meeting TomorrowFire personnel will hold a virtual public meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm via Facebook and Zoom. Information on how to join will be in tomorrow’s update.   

Current Situation: The focus of operations for the Pine Gulch Fire is now assessing, prioritizing, and repairing damage from fire suppression activities that were needed to contain the fire.  These repairs will return the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible. Today’s map reflects work needed to be done in redPlease note that red on the suppression repair map does not mean unsecured fire lines. Priority areas for this work include areas needed for access by oil and gas companies and hunters. The speed of work will depend on how accessible areas are for bringing in heavy equipment. Areas where the equipment must be walked in will take the longest to complete. Good progress was made for suppression repair on the east side of the fire yesterday. Work will continue on the east side today and will begin northwest of the fire, working from Road 256 south. Fire personnel will continue to contact private landowners over the next few days to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties. Although suppression repair is underway, infrared flights show hot spots still exist on the interior of the fire and in some areas near firelines. In light of today’s red flag warning, firefighters will monitor areas where fires may flare up and are ready to respond to fire spread if necessary. 

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: There is a Red Flag Warning for dry and windy conditions today. Ridge winds will gust to more than 30 mph and relative humidity will be in the lower teens. Winds will shift direction throughout the day. Gusts will begin after noon and last through the evening ahead of a cold front. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, more likely after 6:00 pm. Lighting, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible overnight, which can lead to flash-flooding and debris flows. Winds at the top of the East Salt Creek drainage will gust stronger than other ridgetops due to channeling effects of southwest winds. High temperatures today will be in the upper 80’s at lower elevations and the low 80’s at higher elevations.  

Despite the red flag warning, fire activity is expected to be minimal, with continued creeping and smoldering, but new ignitions have potential for rapid fire spread in continuous dry grass and shrubs. 

Evacuations and Pre-Evacuations: Evacuations and pre-evacuations are changing in Garfield County as fire activity decreases. Please go to: www.garfield-county.com and scroll down to the “evacuations” tab for the most recent updates. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformationClosures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The 21 Road north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. Some BLM lands in the fire area are still closed. Please see: www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire 

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Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.  

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire Update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 73%
Total Personnel: 626

Facebook Live Community Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Tune in to htps://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for
updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska Incident Management Team, local officials and cooperating agencies.


(EAGLE, Colo.) – A passing storm that quickly generated wind gusts of 40 mph heightened concern on the fireline
Sunday. Crews were pulled off the line at 2 p.m. due to the sudden turn in the weather.
The hour-long wind event, which threatened to topple fire-weakened trees and was accompanied by lightning, created a
dicey situation for firefighters. Fortunately, no incidents or injuries were reported and firefighters were able to return to
the line about an hour later after the storm passed.
Containment lines held strong, with acreage (32,464 acres) and containment (73%) holding steady. Lines will be
challenged again today as another weather system moves in, bringing with it “near critical fire weather conditions,”
according to Incident Meteorologist Nathan Heinert. Another round of 40 mph wind gusts are forecast, with relative
humidities dropping into the teens, producing drier conditions that could produce flare ups.
“If we get any spottng or flare ups, we’ll have personnel in the appropriate places to take action,” said Operations
Planning Section Chief Karen Scholl with the Alaska Incident Management Team. “We have safety zones for firefighters
identified if we need them.”
Fire managers employed a familiar strategy on Sunday, focusing efforts on an uncontained edge on the fire’s northwest
corner in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages, about 10 miles northeast of Glenwood Springs. Three hotshot crews
are working to connect two sections of open line – one working north along No Name Creek and the other two working
back toward them from Grizzly Creek. Elsewhere around the fire, crews continued to seek and destroy hot spots. Crews
are also still trying to secure a rugged, twisty stretch of uncontained line on the south side of the fire near Green Lake.
Crews have secured approximately 60 of the 80 miles of containment line and mop-up operations are ongoing.
Crews, assisted by a growing fleet of heavy equipment, continue rehabilitating lines along Coffee Pot Road north of
Interstate 70. Crews began pulling excess equipment from contained areas to the north and south.
Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for power line and utility repair, firefighting operations and flash
floods in the event of heavy rain.
Road closures remain in effect for Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail Road and areas of the Flattops accessed by those
roads, as do many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org for info.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov.
Fire Information/Media Line: (970) 930-1850 Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Grizzly Creek Fire Update

Crews working 22-acre Coulter Fire north of Rifle Gap Reservoir

RIFLE, Colo. – Crews from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit are working the 22-acre Coulter Fire today about nine miles north of Rifle Gap Reservoir on the White River National Forest.

Crews responded to the lightning-ignited fire about 4 p.m. yesterday, following a thunderstorm that moved through the area. They were able to stop the fire from actively spreading and will continue to work the fire today with two helicopters, two engines and about 60 firefighters.

There are currently no immediate threats to structures or evacuations in place.

More thunderstorms and lightning are anticipated in western Colorado this afternoon.

The White River National Forest remains under Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibit all campfires and charcoal, even in developed areas. For more information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.

Crews working 22-acre Coulter Fire north of Rifle Gap Reservoir

Pine Gulch Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 133,783 acres
Containment: 44%
Total Personnel: 907
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special Notes: There will be a Virtual Community Meeting TONIGHT, August 24, at 6 p.m. Go to www.facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO/live or use Zoom Meeting ID: 967 6212 6444 Password: 8675309

Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 44% contained. After several days of being tested by winds, the fire edge on the east has not moved. Nearly the entire eastern perimeter and part of the north is now considered
contained, as is a portion on the south/southwest. Primary operational focus is now on Divisions D/E/F and at the Division B/A break.

Fire behavior is expected to be moderate today; however, passing storm cells have the potential for erratic winds, and this could increase fire behavior and cause growth in the north, west, and south.

Fire remained active overnight in Division E where it is backing and flanking down drainages. Dozers worked overnight on the 266 and 265A roads, while crews continued securing and mopping up areas along the 266 Road and Hwy 139 where they had performed successful burning operations on previous nights. There is a horseshoe shaped area between the 256 Road and the 266/267 Road that remains a priority. Outflow winds could push fire north in this area. Direct attack is not an option; the area is steep, rugged, and rocky and not safe for firefighters. Firefighters are
working on alternative options here including indirect control line, dozer line, and the possibility of burning operations to bring the fire to a more manageable and accessible area. Weather allowing, aircraft will fly in this area today and help check the fire’s edge. Firefighters and heavy equipment are still strengthening secondary control lines to the north in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators will complete their work on the 207 and 209 Roads in Division L today, and they will relocate to continue work on roads in Division F. Structure protection crews will assess structures in Divisions F and G.

Firefighters continue monitoring fire behavior at the Divisions B/A break. Fire here remains inside containment lines but is actively burning the available fuels. As in Division E, storm cells remain the concern. Fire managers will keep scouting for further indirect options to help prevent southerly spread.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thunderstorms are forecasted today starting after 2 p.m. with a higher likelihood of moving directly over the fire than on past days. Gusty winds and lightning are the main concern; rainfall is not
predicted. Storm outflow gusts could be up to 25 mph. Temperatures should be slightly cooler today in the high 80s to low 90s and then start to decrease through the week. Relative humidity will be 11-13%. Winds will be west
to northwest, 7-9 mph with gusts to 14. By the end of the week, chances of rain will increase to 20%, and winds will become south/southwest

Evacuations: Garfield County: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). A pre-evacuation order is in effect for all residents of Garfield County west of CO-139 to the Utah border, and any formerly evacuated residents remain in pre-evacuation.

For more information: www.garfieldcounty.net. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation.

Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The V 2/10 Rd. at the 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. just past the Cameo Shooting Range. The 21 Road
north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass north of Loma from mile marker 6 to mile marker 39. BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and
Palisade. Please see: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Air Quality: Air Quality Health Advisories may be issued in areas near the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires. A smoke outlook for the Pine Gulch Fire is available where this update is posted and at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

For more information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Interactive Fire Map: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Fire Situation:
Grizzly Creek Fire – 30,719 acres

Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 33%
Resources:
Hand Crews: 15
Helicopters: 7
Engines: 40
Water Tenders: 13
Dozers 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 804

Yesterday’s Activity: Fire behavior increased yesterday due to hot and dry
weather conditions over the fire area. Unburned islands continued to burn and smolder. Fire did make a push onto the plateau on the northwest side of the fire and air resources dropped retardant. Fire was active in the morning in near Bair Ranch and crews conducted burnout operations to secure containment.
Engines, heavy equipment, air resources and fire crews were utilized to achieve containment objectives on the west, south and east flanks of the fire. Existing control lines around the fire perimeter continued to hold. Firefighters began mop up operations in some portions of the fire.

Today’s Activity: Increased fire behavior is expected again today. Burnout
operations are planned today in the Bair Ranch area and to the south. In addition to mop up operations, the BAER team will continue their assessment of the fire’s impact on natural resources. This assessment usually begins before a fire is contained and involves a series of immediate post-fire actions to be taken to repair damages, minimize soil erosion and mitigate impacts from fire suppression activities.
This morning at 6:00am CDOT reopened the I-70 corridor for through traffic
from Gypsum to Glenwood Springs. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while driving in this corridor because fire crews are still using the road to access the 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 accounts.

Road Closures: Coffee Pot Road, and Transfer Trail 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 http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

For more information:
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire Information Line: (970) 930-1850
Media Line: (970) 930-1089
Office Hours: 7am-10pm
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Grizzly Creek Fire update

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.

Grizzly Creek Fire community meeting tonight 6 p.m.