GSFD: Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Glenwood Canyon

Grizzly Creek Fire information in Spanish-|

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:
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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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

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 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

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

grizzlycreekfire@gmail.com

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.

Follow updates on facebook: @glenwoodspringsfiredepartment; to sign up for emergency alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com and register at garfieldcounty.net for Garfield County Emergency Management.



GSFD: Grizzly Creek Fire burning in Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Springs Fire Department: Oak Meadows Fire

Glenwood Springs, Colo – At 11:32 a.m. on August 8, 2020, Glenwood Springs Fire Department was called to a brush fire in the Oak Meadows area of Four Mile.

Upon arrival, firefighters found active flames under a power line on a moderate slope with high spread potential. Two residential structures were in immediate danger of the fire. The firefighters immediately began structure protection as well as extinguishment efforts. Pre-evacuation was quickly ordered for residents on the bottom half of South Oak Way.

A structure engine, water tender truck, three brush trucks and a command vehicle with 12 firefighters plus three type six engines and a helicopter responded from Interagency, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District and Colorado River Fire Rescue. Garfield County Sheriff and Holy Cross Electric also responded to this incident. Both Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District and Colorado River Fire Rescue provided local emergency coverage during this incident.

Incident Commander, Denny Hostetler, said, “Quick response and collaboration with Mutual Aid partners prevented this from becoming what could have been a significant event.”  The Glenwood Springs Fire Department would like to thank our mutual partners for their impressive response.

The fire grew to .63 acres and is now extinguished.  Pre evacuation orders have been lifted.  Glenwood Springs Fire Department will continue to monitor the area into the evening.

It is believed a failed powerline transformer started this brush fire. 

No injuries have been reported at this time.

There will be no further information released.

Glenwood Springs Fire Department: Oak Meadows Fire

Glenwood Springs Fire Department: Pre-evacuation orders lifted

Wildfire is located in Oak Meadows area of Four Mile near Glenwood Springs

UPDATE: 8.8.20 at 1:13 p.m. – Glenwood Fire reports pre-evacuation orders are lifted.

Around noon, pre-evacuation orders were in place for the bottom half of South Oak Way Lane. For pre-evacuation, residents should collect their personal items and valuables and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Mutual aid from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue and a helicopter are assisting on this incident.

More info will be released as it becomes available. View updates on facebook: @glenwoodspringsfiredepartment.

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Glenwood Springs Fire Department: Pre-evacuation orders lifted

Glenwood Springs Fire Department: GSFD is responding to a brush fire in the Oak Meadows area.

Wildfire is located in Oak Meadows area of Four Mile near Glenwood Springs

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More info will be released as it becomes available. View updates on facebook: @glenwoodspringsfiredepartment.

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Glenwood Springs Fire Department: GSFD is responding to a brush fire in the Oak Meadows area.

Crews battle wildfire along Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs

8.7.20 at 4 p.m.: CDOT reports I-70 west of Glenwood Springs now has all lanes open in the 111 Fire area.

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UPDATE: 8.7.20 at 9 a.m. – Crews made significant progress on the 111 Fire yesterday, which is now 85 percent contained at nine acres. The BLM Type 3 team has transferred the fire to a Type 4 team as final mop up operations continue, to help address remaining hot spots.

CDOT has a westbound closure on I-70 in effect again to assist with firefighting efforts on the 111 Fire. The closure is in the same location: Mile Point 111 – 113 in South Canyon, west of Glenwood Springs. CDOT indicates to plan for delays again this afternoon and evening; however lanes will reopen as soon as possible

Glenwood Springs, Colo. — On Aug. 5, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) along with Glenwood Springs Fire Department and other local agencies responded to a vegetation fire on the north side of Interstate 70 near mile marker 111.

Multiple agencies had a quick response and aided in the initial attack. Air support from the Pine Gulch Fire in western Garfield County was able to assist with water drops. Pre-evacuations were ordered for Ami’s Acres Campground during initial attack and will remain in place through this afternoon due to the red flag warning. There are currently no structures threatened.

Due to more accurate mapping, the fire is nine acres in size and crews have been able to stop the forward progression. The fire is determined to be human caused and is under investigation.

Colorado Department of Transportation with have the right-hand westbound lane temporarily closed during firefighting efforts. Travelers should expect slight delays and drive with caution.

“We saw great coordination between local, state and federal agencies which made for quick and efficient initial attack,” said UCR Incident Commander Ryan Hughes “That coordination and shared resources allowed us to be able to stop this fire from potentially becoming a large incident.”

Sixty-five personnel, one Type 3 helicopter, three hand crews, and several engines are securing the perimeter and extinguishing hotspots within the fire. Smoke may be seen, but is not expected to impact communities given the decrease in fire behavior and suppression efforts. With the current red flag warning and the hot and dry conditions, fire personnel are taking all precautions to gain full containment by end of today.

Fire updates are available at garfiedcounty.net emergency management feed. Visit garco911.com to register for emergency alerts, including evacuations and all hazard notifications.

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The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) includes Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service firefighting resources that cover 5.8 million acres along the Interstate 70, Colorado River and Roaring Fork River corridors from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line. The UCR includes the White River National Forest and the BLM’s Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices. The UCR cooperates with other federal and state agencies, local communities, and fire departments on a wide range of activities including fuels treatments, fire prevention, and suppression.

Crews battle wildfire along Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs