Grizzly Creek Fire at 32,060 acres, 44 percent containment

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Size:
32,060 acres
Containment: 44%
Start date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon

Special notes: A Facebook Live community meeting for the Grizzly Creek Fire is planned for this evening, August 25, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Yesterday’s activity: Successful firing operations occurred on Spruce Ridge yesterday. There was some lightning reported Monday afternoon, as well as strong outflow winds causing fire activity to pick up in several areas within the perimeter of the fire. Containment of the fire has increased to 44%

CDOT reopened the I-70 corridor for through traffic from Gypsum to Glenwood Springs, urging drivers to use extreme caution while driving in this corridor as fire crews are still using the road to access the fire. The interstate is open to through traffic only, and there will likely be periodic closures due to mudslides and other events. No stopping is allowed, and rest areas are closed. Reduced speed limits are also in place. A flare up at mile marker 126.5 yesterday evening, temporarily closed the highway, while helicopter’s utilized buckets to drop water.

Today’s activity: There will very likely be increased fire activity today, as interior fuels flare up as a result of low fuels moisture, higher temperatures, and expected outflow winds. Additional cloud cover is expected today and there is an increased chance for thunderstorms and lightning this afternoon and tonight. Motorists through Glenwood Canyon may see smoke and flames within the perimeter and should not call 911.

This is the last day for Great Basin’s Team 1, Type 1 Incident Management Team, who will end their 14-day tour tonight. The Alaska Type 1 IMT will spend today shadowing the GB T1 and will be assuming command of the incident.

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.

Road closures: Coffee Pot Road and TGransfer Trail roads and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are closed, as well as many surrounding the White River National Forest and BLM roads. Go to www.cotrip.org for more information regarding road closures.

Area closures: BLM recreation sites and boat ramps on the southern portion of Colorado River Road (RD 3012) near Dotsero, Colo. Specifically, the Cottonwood landing boat ramp; Lyons campground and boat ramp; and the Dotsero boat ramp.

Fire restrictions: Stage 2 for all jurisdictions.

Flight restrictions: A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area.

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Grizzly Creek Fire en 32,060 acres, 44 por ciento de contención

Actualización diaria – 25 de agosto, 2020

Contención: 44%
Acres: 32,060 (12974.22 hectáreas)

* Junta de la comunidad del incendio forestal de Grizzly Creek esta planeada para hoy por Facebook live, 25 de agosto, de 6pm -7pm, Interpetación simultánea en español en la pagina de “Mi salud mi charco”  https://www.facebook.com/MiSaludMiCharco

Actividad de ayer: Las operaciones de quema exitosas ocurrieron ayer en Spruce Ridge. Se reportaron algunos rayos el lunes por la tarde, así como de fuertes vientos de salida que hicieron que la actividad del fuego se intensificara en varias áreas dentro del perímetro del incendio. La contención del fuego ha aumentado al 44%

CDOT reabrió el corredor de la I-70 para el tráfico de paso de Gypsum a Glenwood Springs, instando a los conductores a tener extrema precaución al conducir por este corredor, ya que los bomberos siguen utilizando la carretera para acceder al incendio. La interestatal está abierta sólo al tráfico de paso, y es probable que haya cierres periódicos debido a los deslizamientos de tierra y otros acontecimientos. No se permite detenerse y las áreas de descanso están cerradas. También se han establecido límites de velocidad reducidos. Una bengala en el marcador de la milla 126.5 ayer por la tarde, cerró temporalmente la autopista, mientras que los helicópteros utilizaron cubos para dejar caer agua.

Actividad de hoy: Es muy probable que hoy haya una mayor actividad de incendios, ya que los combustibles del interior se encienden como resultado de la baja humedad de los combustibles, las temperaturas más altas y los vientos de salida previstos. Se espera una mayor cobertura de nubes hoy y hay una mayor posibilidad de tormentas y relámpagos esta tarde y esta noche. Los automovilistas que atraviesen Glenwood Canyon pueden ver humo y llamas dentro del perímetro y no deben llamar al 911.
Este es el último día del Equipo 1 de Great Basin y del Equipo de Manejo de Incidentes Tipo 1, que terminarán su recorrido de 14 días esta noche. El IMT de Tipo 1 de Alaska pasará el día de hoy siguiendo al GB T1 y asumirá el mando del incidente.

*El número de la línea de medios cambió al 970-930-1850

En la página de Facebook del incendio Grizzly Creek se pueden ver videos actualizados de las operaciones diarias. También se pueden ver mapas y otra información por internet en https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

Grizzly Creek Fire at 32,060 acres, 44 percent containment

Grizzly Creek Fire showing new activity; affected I-70 travel briefly

Update 8.24.20 at 8:07 pm – I-70 is now open.

Update – 8.24.20 at 7:44 pm – Resources on scene of IA near Slaughter Spring Gulch, fire crews have found no smoke and are returning.

8.24.20 at 6:50 pm – Grizzly Creek Fire Incident Management Team resources are responding to a new fire start in the Cottonwood pass area. Additionally, there is increased fire activity west of Bair Ranch and a Type 1 helicopter will be pulling water from the river. Traffic on I-70 will be stopped for bucket operations.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Travel around the Grizzly Creek Fire is very limited. Transfer Trail remains closed to the general public, due to fire apparatus and personnel on that road. Only access to employees of the Caverns Adventure Park and the quarry will be allowed.

The Coffee Pot road remains closed for all persons except fire personnel,. The fire is still very active on the north side from Dead Horse Canyon to No Name Creek.

Cottonwood Pass is open to light truck and automobile traffic only. No semi’s or truck trailer combinations and not recommended for large RV’s.

Grizzly Creek Fire showing new activity; affected I-70 travel briefly

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

Smoke outlook for Garfield County and air updates for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires

EPA Site on Wildfires and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Smoke outlook pages for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek Fires

The Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek Fires have created smoke outlook pages that will be updated throughout the incident.

Air advisory in effect for Garfield County:  9:00 AM MDT, Monday, August 24, 2020 to 9:00 AM MDT, Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Public Health recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors.  This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly.  Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present.  Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.  If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.

Outlook:  Areas of moderate to heavy smoke have been observed across portions of central and western Colorado due to the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek wildfires. Smoke will gradually diminish late Monday morning as atmospheric mixing increases, with the slowest improvement occurring in valley locations. Monday afternoon the wind at the fires will mainly be out of a west to southwesterly direction.  This will result in the highest threat for periods of moderate to heavy smoke to areas east and northeast of both wildfires, however gusty erratic winds with isolated thunderstorms could send smoke in any direction.  By late Monday evening smoke will begin to drain into lower lying areas surrounding both fires.  This will bring longer duration, heavy smoke through early Tuesday morning to several drainages near the Pine Gulch wildfire including into the Grand Junction and Fruita areas. Meanwhile, heavy overnight smoke from the Grizzly Creek wildfire will remain possible for locations along Interstate 70 in central and eastern Garfield County.

Where to watch for information

Grizzly Creek Fire Page
Pine Gulch Fire Smoke Page
Garfield County Air Monitoring Web page.
State Air Quality Health Advisory page.
Low-cost, community-based PurpleAir sensors along the I-70 corridor.

About PurpleAir:
Low-cost sensors, such as PurpleAir, can be used as an indicator of elevated levels of particulates in the air and help by adding data coverage in areas where there are not permanent regulatory monitors.

Public Health advises setting the default to a “one day average” rather than “10-minute average” because being exposed to moderate to heavy smoke for a short term period may not have the same health impacts as being exposed for a full 24-hours.  It is important to understand that these low-cost sensors are not considered accurate enough to be used in regulatory action. These sensors are not a reference method nor approved by EPA for compliance with federal air quality standards.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
24 de agosto, 2020

Pronóstico Sobre El Humo del Condado Garfield y Actualizaciones sobre la Calidad del Aire por los Incendios Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek

 *Nuevo* Sitio del Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en Inglés) sobre Incendios Forestales y La Calidad de Aire Interior (IAQ, por sus siglas en Inglés) 

Páginas informativas sobre el humo relacionado con los incendios Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek

Debido a los incendios de Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek se han creado páginas para el monitoreo de humo que se actualizarán durante los incidentes.

Aviso sobre la Calidad de Aire para El Condado de Garfield:  9:00 AM MDT, lunes, 24 de agosto, 2020 a 9:00 AM MDT, martes, 25 de agosto, 2020. Se prevé que la calidad del aire alcance la categoría de ‘no saludable para personas sensibles’, pero la calidad del aire puede variar entre ‘moderada’ a ‘insalubre’ en algunas partes del Condado de Garfield.

Recomendaciones de Salud Pública: Si el humo es denso o se vuelve denso en su vecindario, permanezca adentro. Esto es especialmente para personas con enfermedades cardiacas, respiratorias, los muy jóvenes y personas de la tercera edad.  Considere limitar actividades al aire libre cuando hay humo moderado a denso.  Considere la posibilidad de mudarse temporalmente si hay humo en el interior de su hogar y lo está enfermando.  Si la visibilidad es de menos de 5 millas por el humo en su vecindario, indica que el humo ha alcanzado niveles que no son saludables.

Pronóstico:  Se han observado áreas de humo moderado a denso en partes del centro y oeste de Colorado por los incendios forestales de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek.  El humo disminuirá gradualmente el lunes por la mañana a medida que aumenta la mezcla atmosférica, aunque la mejora más lenta se producirá en las ubicaciones de los valles.  Para el lunes por la tarde, el viento de los incendios será principalmente de oeste y suroeste.  Esto resultará una amenaza de períodos de humo moderado a denso en las áreas al este y noroeste de ambos incendios forestales, sin embargo, ráfagas de vientos con tormentas eléctricas podrían enviar humo en cualquier dirección.  El lunes por la tarde, el humo empezará a bajar hacia las áreas más bajas que rodean ambos incendios. Esto traerá humo denso y de mayor duración hasta la madrugada del martes a varias áreas cerca del incendio forestal de Pine Gulch, incluidas las áreas de Grand Junction y Fruita. Mientras tanto, el humo denso de la noche por el incendio forestal de Grizzly Creek continuará impactando ubicaciones a lo largo de la Interestatal 70 en el centro y este del condado de Garfield.

Dónde buscar información

Incendio Grizzly Creek Página con Información sobre Humo
Incendio Pine Gulch  Página con Información sobre Humo
Página Web de Monitoreo de Aire del Condado Garfield
Página Estatal de Avisos de Salud Sobre la Calidad del Aire
Sensores PurpleAir comunitarios a lo largo del interestatal 70

Sobre PurpleAir:

Los sensores de bajo costo, como PurpleAir, se pueden usar como indicadores de niveles elevados de partículas en el aire y ayudan a agregar cobertura de datos en áreas donde no hay monitores permanentes.

Salud Pública sugiere establecer el valor predeterminado en un “promedio de un día” en lugar de un “promedio de 10 minutos” porque estar expuesto a humo moderado a denso durante un período corto puede no tener los mismos impactos en la salud que estar expuesto durante 24 horas completas.

Es importante comprender que estos sensores de bajo costo no se consideran lo suficientemente precisos para ser utilizados en acciones regulatorias. Estos sensores no son un método de referencia ni están aprobados por la EPA para cumplir con los estándares federales de calidad del aire.

Smoke outlook for Garfield County and air updates for Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires

GCSO: Evacuation orders change to pre-evacuation orders for many residents

Garfield County – Effective today evacuation orders for residents in High Aspen, Spring Valley Ranch, Homestead Ranch, Colter Meadows and the Lookout Mountain area southwest of the Grizzly Creek Fire, have been changed from an evacuation status to a pre-evacuation status.

Area road closures remain in effect with access for residents and fire traffic only. Fire crews and trucks will be moving in and out of the area on a regular basis.

Residents are advised to slow down, use caution and limit travels as much as possible. This allows firefighters to do their work as efficiently and safely as possible.

Residents can also expect the smoke to continue, heavy at times, for the next several days.

In a pre-evacuation state, residents should be prepared to address the following items:

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal Computers (information on hard drive and removable memory)
  • Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

Today’s update puts the fire containment at 33% as seen by the black perimeter lines on the attached map.

Travelers in and around the area as well as residents are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and changing conditions at all times.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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GCSO: Evacuation orders change to pre-evacuation orders for many residents

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

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

GCSO: No Name evacuation lifted and residents returned home

The No Name Evacuation was lifted at 4:00 p.m. yesterday, Sunday, August 23, 2020. Residents were notified and allowed to start returning home. Smoke from the fire is still visible, but is propagating from the higher areas above the canyon rim.

With the fire season in full swing, and two very active fires in Garfield County, the Pine Gulch Fire and the Grizzly Creek Fire, this is not the time to be complacent and think it is behind us. As of yesterday’s report, the Pine Gulch fire was only at 19% containment and the Grizzly Creek Fire was at 30% containment. Containment on both fires has increased significantly in the past 24 hours and will be in today’s report.

Whether you have been under a pre-evacuation order, an evacuation order or simply in close proximity to the fire, you can prepare yourself, your family and household by constructing an evacuation plan and following the six P’s posted by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office on their site yesterday.

The Six P’s are:

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
  • Personal Computers (information on hard drive and removable memory)
  • Plastic (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

Now you are ready if the fire direction changes and you are suddenly put into a pre-evacuation mode or an evacuation mode. Be prepared and stay cognoscente of your surroundings and any changes in the weather.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would once again like to thank the Great Basin Incident Management Team, all first responders in Garfield and Eagle County as well as CDOT and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for their continued work and diligence in protecting all residents of both counties, facilitating travel with a goal of getting everyone home safely and ultimately containing the Grizzly Creek Fire.

GCSO: No Name evacuation lifted and residents returned home

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Sweetwater residents

The pre-evacuation notice currently in place for the residents of Garfield County living in the Sweetwater area has been lifted. Today’s update from the Incident Management Team has containment of the Grizzly Creek Fire at 30%.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office releases pre-evacuations

Area residents are reminded that even though the immediate threat has been mitigated, they need to stay vigilant. Be aware of changes in weather patterns, wind direction, ambient temperatures, fuel supply and moisture content of the fuels.

Sheriff Lou Vallario stated in a recent community meeting held by the Incident Command Team on the Pine Gulch Fire, “Fire behavior is crazy, once you get home, are settled and get some things done; please get back into that pre-evacuation mode by having a “to-go” bag ready. Make sure medicines, pets, are ready to go, so that if we need to pull that trigger and we put you in pre-evacuation or it’s time to evacuate, you’re all in good shape and no one is scrambling and no one is panicking.”

This is good advice whenever you are in the proximity of an active fire. Whether you are officially under a pre- evacuation order, returning from being evacuated, or simply live close to the active fire, situational awareness is imperative.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Great Basin Incident Management Team, all first responders in Garfield and Eagle County, as well as CDOT and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for their continued work and diligence in protecting all residents of both counties, facilitating travel with a goal of getting everyone home safely and ultimately containing the Grizzly Creek Fire.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Sweetwater residents