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PHOTOS: Winter storm hits Western Slope

Glenwood Springs

A man shovels snow and scrapes away ice from the sidewalk in front of downtown shops on a frigid morning in Glenwood.
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A family walks down the stairs of the Grand Avenue pedestrian Bridge during a bitter cold morning in Glenwood.
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A bundled up woman waits to cross Grand Avenue on a frigid morning in downtown Glenwood.
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Snow blankets the hillside while trees still cling to fall after a late October snowstorm dumped multiple inches of snow in Glenwood and surrounding towns.
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I-70 sits snow packed late Monday morning after a snowstorm dumped multiple inches of snow in Glenwood and surrounding towns.
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Two women walk down Cooper Avenue in downtown Glenwood on a very chilly morning after a snowstorm dropped multiple inches of snow in the area.
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Rifle

Although a winter storm canceled all schools in the Garfield School District Re-2 on Monday, Rifle Middle School custodian Tammy Wynia, shoveling snow on an outside sidewalk, was hard at work. Asked what she thought of the snow, Wynia jokingly said, “I don’t like it.”
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Rick Christner, owner of Ricks Lawn Services in Rifle, shovels a sidewalk near downtown Rifle on Monday morning. Following a winter storm that swept across the Western Slope on Sunday night, Christner started plowing streets at 4 p.m. that day and kept working throughout the night.
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A tree still in the midst of shedding its bright orange fall foliage complements Roan Plateau, which sits enveloped by a blanket of low-lying clouds following a snowstorm, on Monday in Rifle.
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Kinsley Winschell, 4, enjoys a day of sledding following a snowstorm Monday in Rifle.
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Kinsley Winschell, 4, enjoys a day of sledding following a winter storm Monday in Rifle.
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Following a snowstorm, a thin blanket of low-lying clouds surrounds Roan Plateau on Monday in Rifle.
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PHOTOS: An apple pickin’ good time

It was the final “you pick” weekend at Orchard Creek Ranch in Canyon Creek. Apple pickers had a choice between three varieties of apples: Jonathan, Rome and Double Red delicious. Outside of the orchard the ranch also sells apple cider, CBD products, and honey from bees on site. These products can be purchased online at orchardcreekranch.com.

Polina LaConte and her four-year-old son John John work together to pick apples at Orchard Creek Ranch.
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Four-year-old John John LaConte picks the apple out of the picker while gathering apples with his mom.
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Unpicked apples hang high in a tree at Orchard Creek Ranch in Canyon Creek.
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Polina LaConte and her four-year-old son John John work together to pick apples at Orchard Creek Ranch.
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Jen, John and Sarah Ware work togehter to pick out apples at Orchard Creek Ranch last Thursday afternoon.
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Four-year-old John John LaConte puts his apples on the scale after picking them with his mom at Orchard Creek Ranch.
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PHOTOS: Fall foliage 2020

Aspen leaves begin turning bright yellow on the hill at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort.
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A tall aspen tree shoots towards the sky looking from the Babbish Gulch Trail.
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Yellow and green aspen leaves fill the landscape looking from the Babbish Gulch Trail.
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Tips for taking fall color photos

1 – Integrate lakes, ponds, rivers or creeks in photos to add an extra feature to the image. Use reflection in water if possible.
2 – Shoot during the golden hour just before sunset.
3 – Look for contrast in yellow aspen leaves and green pine trees.
4 – Take close-up detail shots on leaves.
5 – Take advantage of overcast and cloudy days.

– Chelsea Self, Post Independent photographer

The early morning sun peaks through the golden aspen leaves on Babbish Gulch Trail.
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Some aspen leaves remain green while others have already changed to bright yellow.
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The early morning sun hits a sea of yellow at Four Mile Park.
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Pine trees stand tall among yellow and green aspens near Sunlight Mountain.
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PHOTOS: Habitat restoration project near Rifle

Elizabeth Velasco and Terrell Matsen plant a small spruce tree in the ground during Saturday’s restoration project near Beaver Creek south of Rifle.
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Beatriz Soto gathers supplies at Saturday’s restoration project put together by Wilderness Workshop.
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Wilderness Workshop planted 100 spruce trees near the Beaver Creek area south of Rifle during a restoration project on Saturday.
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The site of Saturday’s restoration project was along the decommissioned County Road 317 south of Rifle.
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17 volunteers joined the Wilderness Workshop restoration project near Beaver Creek south of Rifle on Saturday.
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Jim Conway and Trary Lamee work together to plant a spruce tree at one of the designated spots in the restoration area.
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PHOTOS: New life grows after Grizzly Creek Fire

The Grizzly Creek Fire ignited Aug. 10 and fiercely tore through Glenwood Canyon and into the Grizzly Creek drainage. Just weeks after the fire swept through the area, charred trees and piles of ash sit scattered all along the trail. But beneath the ash new life is already forming. Small sprouts of new vegetation have begun to push through the burnt remains of old plants and new life is taking over.

A charred piece of wood sits among a pile of ash near the Grizzly Creek Trail.
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Signs of life begin to appear along the charred canyon floors in the Grizzly Creek drainage after the Grizzly Creek Fire swept through the area weeks ago.
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A line of ash crosses the Grizzly Creek Trail as a stark reminder of where the Grizzly Creek Fire burned through the area weeks ago.
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Pine needles on an evergreen are swept to one side after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area leaving behind a charred landscape.
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Grizzly Creek Fire PIO Mike De Fries looks around at the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar along the Grizzly Creek Trail.
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Charred remains of a tree sit in the shallow water of Grizzly Creek.
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Grizzly Creek Fire PIO Mike De Fries looks at the roots of vegetation to try and determine whether or not the plant is that of new vegetation or one that survived the blaze of the Grizzly Creek Fire which swept through the area weeks ago.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar sits on the steep ridges above the Grizzly Creek Trail.
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Charred logs lay across the slow moving Grizzly Creek after they were burned by the Grizzly Creek Fire weeks ago.
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PHOTOS: Aerial views of Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch Fires

Post Independent visual journalist Chelsea Self took to the sky with nonprofit EcoFlight based out of Aspen on Monday to capture photos of the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch Fires as they continue to burn.

The Grizzly Creek Fire grew on Monday to 32,060 acres, and is now 44% contained, according to a Tuesday morning press release. While the Pine Gulch Fire in Western Garfield County was at 133,999 acres and is at 47% containment.

A spotter plane flies over the Grizzly Creek Fire as seen from above on Monday afternoon.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn up the ridges from Glenwood Canyon as seen from the air during a flyover with EcoFlight.
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An aerial of the City of Glenwood Springs.
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An aerial of the Roan Plateau north of Rifle.
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The burn scar left behind from the Pine Gulch Fire near DeBeque.
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The Pine Gulch Fire continues to burn as flames shoot into the sky on a ridge as seen from a fly over with EcoFlight on Monday afternoon.
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The Pine Gulch Fire continues to burn as flames shoot into the sky on a steep ridge as seen from a fly over with EcoFlight on Monday afternoon.
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The Grizzly Creek burn scar along the steep ridges above Glenwood Canyon as seen from the air on Monday afternoon.
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Slurry marks paint the ridges above Glenwood Canyon as the Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn on Monday afternoon.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn up the ridge lines from Glenwood Canyon as seen from the air during a flyover with EcoFlight.
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Editor’s note: The Post Independent worked on this project with other news agencies and Aspen-based nonprofit EcoFlight, which educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wildlands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. For more information, go to ecoflight.org.

Photo Essay: A look back

Here are a few of my favorite photos of my tenure at the Citizen Telegram; see postindependent.com for more images.

Alaya Shaffer and her mom Jessica wave as they brigade pulls in front of their home Saturday to wish her a happy birthday.
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Keith Roberts, the lead singer of the Young Dubliners, belts out a tune as the American rock band plays there traditional show before St. Patrick’s Day at the Ute Theater.
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Kenzlee Bowler enjoys the cool relief of a sno cone Friday at Rifle Police Department. Robin Steffen, public information officer for the department said she wanted to seize the opportunity to reconnect with the community with the event. More than 400 sno cones were given out last Friday.
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Flanked by Anvil Points and the Roan Plateau Rifle High School Class of 2020 begins their processional down W Sixteenth Streetas they loop through town last Saturday.
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Lana Stewart, 4, of RIfle takes a look at her completed snow globe that she made with a little help from her mom Cathy Stewart at the Rifle Library last Saturday.
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With the Roan Plateau looming in the background action heats up on the gridiron as Rifle hosts Grand Valley at Bear Field.
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Rifle Police Cpl. Jared Bartunek recieves a big hug from his daughter when he arrived at the police department durin glast weeks event.
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Employees at Shooters Grill carry tables inside as night time falls on Third Street in downtown Rifle last Thursday. After owner Lauren Boenert opened up for dine-in service and later serving customers outisde the western Garfield County buisness, the county health department suspended her license.
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The Rifle High School mascot is all smiles as the cheer team prepares for the game against Grand Valley.
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Star BBC of Silt’s Michael Hixson of SIlt belts the ball over the infield as a rain storm passes to the south of Silt during thrid-inning action.
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Rifle’s Kade Bishop out jumps Grand Valley’s Rance Beck for the rebound in the third quarter.
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Children climb to the top the the jungle gym for a view of the show as fireworks light up the nightime sky above Centennial Park during Hometown Holday last Saturday in Rifle.
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A lone white cross on a hilltop is flanked by the destruction of the Middle Mamm Fire South of Rifle. The fire which has been slowly burning erupted last weekend growing to over 900 acres.
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Yoselin Venzor Marquez blows a kiss to her family in the grandstand after recieveing her diploma Saturday at Bear Stadium in Rifle.
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Children are all smiles as they make their way to the annual Trunk or Treat and Halloween parade at the Rifle City Hall and Library last Thursday.
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Black Lives Matter participants walk by pro-police supporters as they march through the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Third Street Friday evening in Rifle to mark the anniversary of Juneteenth. Hundreds of BLM supporters and pro-police supporter gathered in Rifle for the event.
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April Ramthun brings the horses back to the camp as they prepare to start the drive last Thursday west of Rifle.
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Noah Cartmell is all smiles as he celebrates with member of the Class of 2020 after graduating Saturday at Bear Stadium in Rifle.
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An old Ford work truck sits in front of the Rifle Mercantile Building early Monday morning as the risin gsun lights up Third Street in downtown Rifle.
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Members of the Coal Ridge High School Class of 2020 line up for the procession across the stage during day 2 of in-person commencement Sunday in New Castle.
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Under the watchfull eye of Terry Cox, division chief from Roaring Fork Fire Resuce (second from left) CMC Rifle Fire Academy cadets navigate a heavy cloud of smoke to extinguish a car fire during last Sunday’s burn day in Glenwood Springs.
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Rifle’s Talon Rowley celebrates after scoring two points in the final second of the 132 pound weight class against Meeker’s Connor Blunt Tuesday in Rifle. Rowley was down 4-3 with less than 20 seconds in the match, escaping with the victory 5-4 to end the duel. The victory wasn’t enough as the Bears fell to the Cowboys in the duel 48-22.
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With a little help from Jones, Graham Mesa fifth grader Matilda Richardson spins a basketball on her fingers during Tuesday’s school assembley during lunch.
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104-year-old Matty Baker bust out in laughter, as son-in-law Gerry Kaplin of Basalt videos her, after opening a gift from fellow resident of Chateau at Rifle during her birthday party last Saturday. The gift contained a party sized bag of Lays potato chips, Matty’s favorite snack.
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Rifle’s Levi Warfel runs away from the Englewood defense for his second touchdown in the first quarter Saturday at Bears Stadium in Rifle. The Bears defeated the Pirates 48-15 to advance to the second round of the 2A State Football Playoffs.
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Lightning reaches out of a large super cell thunderstorm as it passes over Rifle last Sunday evening.
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School is back in session in Rifle as students celebrate the first day with a high-five as they file into Higland Elementary School Monday morning. For more photos from the first day of school at Hihgland see page 4.
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Snow falls as Monica Mull, with LIFT-UP directs traffic at Friday’s food distribution in Rifle.
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The shallow water ripples as a great blue heron snags a sucker fish for breakfast as high water floods into the parking lot at the  boat ramp near the Rifle Visitors Center.
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Paysen Sheets, 6, of Rifle is off and running as she competes in the Goat Tail Untie event Tuesday night at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The 2019 Garfield County Fair which kicked off Monday in Rifle continues through Sunday. For more fair coverage see inside.
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A group of people enjoy the cool waters of the reservoor at Harvey Gap State Park aboard a procession of flamigo floaties Sunday near Silt.
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The Rifle Bears softball team react to the crowd gathered at the roundabouts near I-70 to send them off as they trave to Aurora for the state softball torunament. More than 40 family members, friends and fans gathered Thursday for the send off as the team was excorted out of town by the Rifle Police Department.
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Guilari Ruiz of Rifle comforts Zyanni Vandoren of New Castle as they observe a moment of silence during Tuesday nights vigil in front of city hall in Rifle.
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A firefighter punches a vent into the attic of the Carquest Auto Parts building during last week structure fire in Rifle.
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With the help of the family Audie Williams, along with Kylie, Peyton, Amanda, Kaye and Owen move a section wheel line that broke off during a wind storm over the winter on Silt Mesa. The Williams family took advantage of the mild spring weather to make repairs as irrigation season nears in western Colorado.
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Dusk settles in on downtown Rifle as the lights of movie theater light up the early evening hours.
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PHOTOS: Inside Glenwood Canyon as the Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn

Smoke lifts from the cliffs of Glenwood Canyon after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area and continues to burn in spot fires along the canyon walls.
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Smoke hangs low in the cliffs near the Hanging Lake rest area after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area last week and continues to burn
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The scorched landscaped sits smoldering just east of Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Canyon after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area and continues to burn.
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Damage to the guardrail is seen after boulders fell from the cliffs on Glenwood Canyon after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area last week and continues to burn.
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Wayne Patterson, public information officer for the Grizzly Creek fire, walks along the footpath near the Hanging Lake Trailhead while in the canyon on Sunday afternoon.
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The scorched landscaped sits smoldering just east of Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Canyon after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area and continues to burn in spot fires along the canyon walls.
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A Firehawk helicopter lowers down to pick up fire retardant from the temporary pools at No Name to be dropped in the No Name drainage on Sunday afternoon.
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Spoke hangs low in the cliffs near the Hanging Lake rest area due after the Grizzly Creek Fire tore through the area and continues to burn in spot fires along the canyon walls.
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A damaged power line near Grizzly Creek is another result of the Grizzly Creek Fire that tore through the area last week and continues to burn.
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Fire retardant is lifted out of the makeshift pool at the No Name exit as helicopter crews continue to work in the No Name drainage to keep the fire from spreading to the west.
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A sky crane helicopter dips down into the Colorado River on the east side of Glenwood Canyon while fighting the Grizzly Creek Fire which broke out last week.
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PHOTOS: Grizzly Creek Fire day 3

The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn inside Glenwood Canyon as seen from the air above Missouri Heights on Wednesday morning.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn inside Glenwood Canyon as seen from the air above Missouri Heights on Wednesday morning.
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Smoke billows from the Grizzly Creek Fire above No Name Canyon and on the south side of the Colorado River above Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday afternoon.
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Smoke from the Grizzly Creek Fire billows behind the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Canyon after the fire blew up again in No Name Creek on Wednesday afternoon.
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A spotter for an airtanker flies around the plume of smoke billowing from the Grizzly Creek Fire as it blows up in No Name Canyon on Wednesday afternoon.
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A very large airtanker flies around the plume of smoke billowing from the Grizzly Creek Fire as it blows up in No Name Canyon on Wednesday afternoon.
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PHOTOS: Grizzly Creek Fire

A man watches from the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge as smoke billows from the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon on Monday afternoon.
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People float down the Colorado River as smoke billows from the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon on Monday afternoon.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire blows back up in No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started along Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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A man watches and takes photos of the Grizzly Creek Fire as it blows up in No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started along Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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Fire crews work to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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Fire crews work to battle the Grizzy Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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The Grizzly Creek Fire blows back up in No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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Fire crews work to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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Fire crews work to battle the Grizzly Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after the fire initially started on Interstate 70 on Monday at MM 120.
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An airtanker flys around the smoke plume billowing from the Grizzly Creek Fire as it explodes on the south side of the Colorado River above Glenwood Canyon.
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