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

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 update

Fire Situation:
Grizzly Creek Fire – 30,362 acres

Start Date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 30%
Resources:
Hand Crews: 15
Helicopters: 7
Engines: 41
Water Tenders: 12
Dozers 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 811

Yesterday’s Activity: Saturday was a moderate day of fire activity on the Grizzly Creek Fire. Crews completed containment on the eastern flank from Coffee Pot to Bair Ranch to I-70. A few pockets of heavy fuels are still burning in the Spruce Ridge area further south on the eastern flank. Crews continued to make progress and conducted patrols and mop up along the southern perimeter. In some areas, fire was held up in aspen and sage due to the differences in how fuels burn and is smoldering. To the west, firefighters established direct line in steeper portions of Bear Creek and reinforced established containment lines. To the north, crews established road infrastructure to provide access for firefighting. They also finished indirect line along the Transfer Trail.

Today’s Activity: With more hot and dry weather in store for today, firefighters can expect active fire behavior. Burnout operations will continue near Spruce Ridge and to the south of Bair Ranch. Since the potential for fire growth remains, crews will monitor hot spots from the air and ground. Crews are conducting mop up and patrol along contained fire line to minimize the risk of escape. To the north of the fire perimeter, crews will work on the road system to respond as fire progresses out of Grizzly and No Name Creeks. Mapping near Adventure Park will help crews evaluate reopening that area. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has begun an initial assessment of the fire’s impact on soils and vegetation and will address long-term restoration to the fire area. The team will assess the severity for debris flow in steep areas to I-70 and will assess water quality concerns for Glenwood Springs.

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: I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs (MP 116) and Gypsum (MP 140), 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. 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. Beginning 8/23, Cottonwood Pass open for critical local passenger vehicle traffic. See details at this link: http://www.ecemergency.org/2020/08/cottonwood-pass-to-open-to-local.html 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

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.

Red Canyon Fire (originally called Fisher Creek Fire)

Update as of 8.19.20 at 8:59 pm – Red Canyon Fire is also known as Fischer Creek Fire. These are the ONLY evacuations lifted. All previous evacuations are in place for Grizzly Creek Fire.

Update as of 8:12 p.m.: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Evacuations are lifted! Thanks to everyone!

Update, 8.19.20, 6:09 p.m.: Grizzly Creek IMT: Fire resources are making excellent progress on the #RedCanyonFire from both the air and ground. Dozer line is being constructed and a night shift will be on scene.

Update: 8.19.20, 5:53 p.m.: Grizzly Creek Fire IMT: Grizzly Creek Fire resources respond to new start off CR 115. A new start called the Red Canyon Fire broke out just after 4 p.m.

Wednesday near Fisher Cemetery Road and County Road 115. The Red Canyon Fire is reportedly 30-40 acres burning in grass and brush. Structures are threatened. Garfield County issued an evacuation notice for residents south of County Road 115, north of County Road 113, and west of County Road 121. The evacuation center is at Roaring Fork High School. Type 1 and type 2 helicopters, as well as several single engine airtankers, seven engines and a water tender from the Grizzly Creek Fire is responding and suppressing 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.

Update: 8.19.20, 5:24 p.m.: Grizzly Creek Fire IMT: There has been a new lightning caused fire this afternoon. Evacuations are in place for south of 115 road, north of 113 and west of 121 road.

Carbondale, Colo. – At approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to Spring Valley for a report of a wildland fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a fire rapidly moving through the area.

The fire was approximately 20 acres and growing fast. Residences in the High Aspen, Coulter Ranch and Homesteads Estates were already evacuated.

The evacuation center is located at Roaring Fork High School. This is an evolving situation. Updates will be posted on the Carbondale Fire Facebook page as it becomes available.

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Actualización: 8.19.20, 5:53 pm: Grizzly Creek Fire IMT: Los recursos de Grizzly Creek Fire responden al nuevo comienzo de la CR 115. Un nuevo comienzo llamado Red Canyon Fire estalló justo después 4 pm, Miércoles cerca de Fisher Cemetery Road y County Road 115.

Según se informa, el incendio de Red Canyon tiene entre 30 y 40 acres quemados en pasto y maleza. Las estructuras están amenazadas. El condado de Garfield emitió un aviso de evacuación para los residentes al sur de County Road 115, al norte de County Road 113 y al oeste de County Road 121.

El centro de evacuación está en Roaring Fork High School. Helicópteros tipo 1 y tipo 2, así como varios aviones cisterna de un solo motor, siete motores y una licitación de agua del Grizzly Creek Fire están respondiendo y suprimiendo el fuego.

Se publicarán actualizaciones de video de operaciones diarias en la página de Facebook de Grizzly Creek Fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

Actualización: 8.19.20, 5:24 p.m .: Grizzly Creek Fire IMT: Ha habido un nuevo incendio causado por un rayo esta tarde. Hay evacuaciones para el sur de la carretera 115, el norte de la 113 y el oeste de la carretera 121.

Actualización: 8.19.20, 5:29 p.m .: Carbondale Fire: Fire ha crecido a 200 acres.

Aproximadamente a las 4 p.m., el Distrito de Protección de Incendios de Carbondale y Rural recibieron llamada de un incendio forestal en el área de Spring Valley.

Cuando llegaron los bomberos encontraron un incendio que se movía rápidamente en el área. El incendio es aproximadamente 20 acres y creciendo. Las residencias en High Aspen, Coulter Ranch y Homesteads Estates ya fueron evacuadas.

El centro de evacuación es en la escuela de Roaring Fork High School.

Es una situación en evolución. Actualizaciones estarán en la pagina de Facebook Carbondale Fire a medida que sea disponible.

Red Canyon Fire (originally called Fisher Creek Fire)