Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,992 acres, 11 percent containment

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
Containment: 11%
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.

Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on InciWeb.

Evacuations: Please go to Garfield County and Eagle County websites, as well as on official Facebook accounts.

Road Closures:
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

More information: 
InciWeb

Facebook
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire Information Line: (970) 930-1850
Media Line: (970) 930-1089
Office hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

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. 

Resources:
Hand crews:
19
Helicopters: 18
Engines: 42
Water tenders: 11
Dozers: 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 889

Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,992 acres, 11 percent containment

GBIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,732 acres; community meeting on Facebook tonight at 6 p.m.

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:

Size: 29,732 acres
Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 4%

Special notes: Community Facebook live meeting tonight, August 20, at 6 p.m.

Yesterday’s activity: Yesterday, a new start, the Red Canyon Fire, erupted in Garfield county triggering evacuations for residents in the south east portion of the county. Initial attack by air and ground resources was mobilized, and the fire was held to approximately 60 acres. All evacuations were lifted for the Red Canyon fire Wednesday evening. Additionally, Buck Point residents effected by the Grizzly Fire were downgraded from evacuation to pre-evacuation status. Yesterday, the weather over the fire had some precipitation with lightning.

On the Grizzly Creek Fire in No Name Creek was still moving at the top of the drainage, and also active along the east edge of Grizzly Creek. Fire line along Transfer Trail to Windy Point neared completion. On the northwest side of the fire, additional mechanized equipment was brought in to bolster efforts there. Fire is beginning to reach the tops of the drainages to the northeast, where it can be actively engaged. Fire activity from Coffee Pot to I-70 was held in place. In Bair Creek, the fire was active from Ike ridge to Upper Spruce Creek ridge. On the south side, the fire continued to progress through unburned fuels, filling in pockets. Near Lookout Mountain there was minimal fire progression. Lookout Mountain Park is still being evaluated for contingency lines.

Today’s activity: Today, the chance of precipitation and lightning increases with concerns for potential debris flow in Glenwood Canyon. Firefighters will continue with building direct and indirect fire line around the fire perimeter. The structure protection unit will continue work in No Name and Bair Ranch. Crews will also be finishing up work at the 60 acres Red Canyon fire today.

Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on InciWeb.

Road closures:
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, go to COTrip.

Evacuations: Please go to the Garfield County and Eagle County as well as on official Facebook.

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.

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

Resources:
Hand crews:
20
Helicopters: 17
Engines: 43
Water tenders: 7
Dozers: 12
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 820

More information:
InciWeb
Facebook
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire information line: (970) 930-1850
Media line: (970) 930-1089
Office hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

GBIMT: Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,732 acres; community meeting on Facebook tonight at 6 p.m.