Update: 8.21.20, 3:25 p.m. – Great Basin IMT: This afternoon the Blue Ridge Hotshots are conducting a firing operation in the Bair Ranch area of the fire. The public can expect to see smoke that may be heavy at times.
Update: August 21, 2020, 9:27 a.m. – Great Basin IMT:
Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Size: 29,992 acres
Start date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Grizzly Creek Fire map – 8.21.20
Yesterday’s Activity: Yesterday, firefighters continued building direct and indirect fire line and strengthened existing containment lines around the fire. Thunderstorms brought rain to the east side of the fire in the Bair Ranch area which slowed fire progression. However, hot, dry and windy conditions persisted west of I-70 where the fire remained more active.
On the northwest side of the fire, crews neared completion of the fire line that was established along Transfer Trail to Windy Point. As fire continued to climb to the tops of drainages, to the northeast, fire managers worked on a plan to establish containment on the plateau once fire reaches the canyon’s north rim. On the east side of the fire, crews held direct and indirect line from I-70 going north and south to halt easterly spread of the fire. Structure protection continued in Bair Ranch, to the south of I-70 and crews conducted small burning operations. Moving to the Flattops area to the south, firefighters utilized engines and helicopter water drops to aid in fire suppression.
Yesterday, the Red Canyon initial attack fire, first called the Fischer Creek Fire, that started 8/19, in Garfield County, flared up due to hot and dry conditions. Resources from the Grizzly Creek fire assisted local resources and into last night and will continue to monitor the fire.
Today’s activity: A return to hot and dry weather will increase fire activity. The west side of the fire remains hot and dry and can expect active fire behavior. On the east side of the fire increased fire activity is also expected as vegetation begins to dry out. Areas within the fire perimeter are burning at varying intensities, based on terrain, topography and vegetation. Crews continue to work in remote areas and have established temporary spike camps to cover large sections of the fire safely and efficiently.
I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs (MP 116) and Gypsum (MP 133), 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, 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.
Hand crews: 19
Water tenders: 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 889