GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE
August 18, 2020 update
Grizzly Creek Fire – 27,000 acres as of 11:02 a.m., Aug. 18.
Start Date: Aug. 10
Cause: Under investigation
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Hand crews: 12
Water tenders: 10
Dozers (4), as well as feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total Personnel: 625
Current situation: Heavy equipment was utilized across all divisions, and fire lines were expanded. Using a burnout operation, firefighters worked to remove fuels on the east side of the No Name Creek drainage to reduce the chance of fire spreading. Further to the west contingency fire line construction continued up past Windy Point. Progress was made on direct and indirect fire line on the east side of the fire from I-70 to Coffee Pot Road. Despite favorable weather, fire activity increased in Spruce Creek, and fire retardant was utilized to slow fire progression in that area. Structure protection efforts in No Name, Bair Ranch, High Aspen, and Spring Valley were ongoing.
Today’s activity: Implementation of natural barriers and constructed fire lines is beginning to occur where possible along the fire perimeter. Indirect fire line construction continues up past Windy Point, to the west of No name Creek and on the south west side near Lookout Mountain. Several divisions have had additional hand crews arrive, and they will continue establishing fire lines in their divisions. The structure branch will maintain their efforts in No Name. They will also have a large presence in Bair Ranch and areas on the south side of the fire, including Spring Valley and High Aspen. Spruce Ridge will be an area of focus again today. Indirect and direct tactics will be utilized on the north side of the fire, where lighter fuels and flatter terrain will assist efforts.
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 website at www.Garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.ecemergency.org, as well as on official Facebook.
Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for updates from their respective counties. In Garfield County, go to the Garfield County website and sign up for notifications at garco911.com. For residents of Eagle County, go to www.ecalert.org to sign up for notifications.
Road closures: I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum, 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, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa 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.
Temporary flight restrictions (TFR): A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t Facebook.
Official fire information: InciWeb
Grizzly Creek Fire facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
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