UPDATE: Grizzly Creek Fire grows to 4,600 acres, advances to west into No Name Creek area | PostIndependent.com

UPDATE: Grizzly Creek Fire grows to 4,600 acres, advances to west into No Name Creek area

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.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

UPDATE Wednesday 7:30 p.m. — The Grizzly Creek Fire had grown to 4,624 acres (revised) by Wednesday evening, and had spread to the west to the bottom of the No Name Creek canyon, according to the latest from fire incident command in an evening Facebook live information session.

If the fire were to jump to the other side of No Name Creek, the northern sections of Glenwood Springs could be placed under pre-evacuation notice. At this time, that is not the case, however, said Jared Hohn, deputy incident commander with the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Incident Management Team.

Several current evacuations remain in effect, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Those areas include:

  • No Name 
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Homestead Estates
  • Bair Ranch
  • High Aspen Ranch
  • Coulter Creek
  • Cottonwood Pass
  • Spring Valley Ranch

“Due to fire activity and conditions, these evacuations will remain in effect for at least the next 24 hours,” according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.  Visit the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or garfieldcounty.net for information and updates. Do not call dispatch or 911, the Sheriff’s Office said.

UPDATE Wednesday 5:30 p.m. — The Grizzly Creek Fire has progressed along the western flank down to the bottom of No Name drainage, according to the latest update from incident command.

“Aircraft will be used to lay down retardant along the ridge to slow the fire’s advance. However, it has the potential to proceed up the ridge to the west toward Cascade Creek Road,” according to the evening news release. “Structure protection has been set up around structures at No Name, while additional engines and a water tender are reporting to the area.

“No significant growth has been reported to the north, south, or east,” according to the release.

UPDATE Wednesday 1 p.m. — There will be a community meeting conducted via Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening with fire incident personnel. The chat will be open for questions about the fire. The Post Independent will also share the live feed on its Facebook page.

Current Grizzly Creek Fire Statistics:

Size:  3,702 acres

Containment:  0%

Total Personnel: 211; additional resources have been ordered

Aircraft: Two Very Large Air Tankers (VLAT), multiple Large Air Tankers, 4 heavy helicopters, 1 medium helicopter

Cause:  Under Investigation

Start Date:  Aug. 10, 2020

Location:  Glenwood Canyon

Contact Information:

InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO

Fire Info Line: (970) 930-1850

UPDATE Wednesday 12:40 p.m. — From the city of Glenwood Springs: Glenwood residents are restricted from watering lawns through Thursday, Aug. 13 due to water source capacity. The city on Tuesday shut down the main No Name water source due to the Grizzly Creek Fire, and is using Roaring Fork River well water in the meantime.

UPDATE Wednesday 10:40 a.m. — Independence Pass east of Aspen on Colorado Highway 82 is currently closed due to stalled semis, which are not allowed on the pass, according the Colorado Department of Transportation’s cotrip.org. The suggested alternate route during the I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure is U.S. 50 to the south, via Delta-Montrose-Gunnison.

UPDATE Wednesday 9:25 a.m. — The Grizzly Creek Fire continues to burn Wednesday in Glenwood Canyon, both north and south of Interstate 70 and the Colorado River.

“The fire is expected to be extremely active and fast-moving,” according to a morning update from incident command.

The fire has been transferred to the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team, and the fire attack is being carried out in four divisions.

“Hotshot crews in Division A (southwest flank) will prepare structure protection, setting up hose and sprinkler kits in the No Name area,” according to the latest release.

“Heavy helitankers and engines will be used in Division W (eastern flank) to secure the Shoshone power plant, (and) Division N crews are scouting the Coffee Pot Road and Flat Tops area (north) to locate values at risk, identify firefighting needs, and opportunities for containment along the north end of the fire.

Grizzly Creek Fire area map, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

“Engines, heavy equipment and hand crews in Division Z (southeast) will be working in the Lookout Mountain area preparing structure protection,” according to the morning release.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: A Red Flag advisory has been issued for Garfield County and the surrounding area. Continued hot and dry, with winds increasing in the afternoon, gusting to 30 mph. The fire is burning in mixed conifer, aspen, and oak brush. All fuel types are very dry and receptive to fire.

Evacuations and Closures: For updated information about evacuations in Garfield County, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 625-8095, in Eagle County call (970) 479-2201.

Other key information for Wednesday

Evacuations and closures:

  • Cottonwood Pass Road in Eagle and Garfield counties is closed
  • Interstate 70 remains closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. No estimated time to reopen. Visit http://www.cotrip.org for road closure information.
  • Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa roads are closed, as are much of the lands of BLM and Forest Service in those areas. Closure maps are available on inciweb.
  • The No Name, Lookout Mountain and Coulter Creek community east of Glenwood Springs were evacuated. Evacuated residents can go to Glenwood Springs Community Center.
  • Fire Restrictions: All jurisdictions in the area are under Stage 1 fire restrictions and will move to Stage 2 on Thursday.
  • Grizzly Creek Fire stats: Size – 3,200 acres; Containment – 0 %; Personnel total – 211

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Evacuaciones y cierres:

  • Cottonwood Pass Road en los condados de Eagle y Garfield está cerrado.
  • La interestatal 70 permanece cerrada entre Glenwood Springs y Gypsum. No hay tiempo estimado para reabrir. Visite http://www.cotrip.org para obtener información sobre el cierre de carreteras.
  • Las carreteras Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail y Clinetop Mesa están cerradas, al igual que gran parte de las tierras de BLM y Forest Service en esas áreas. Los mapas de los cierres están disponibles en inciweb.
  • La comunidad de las áreas No Name, Lookout Mountain y Coulter Creek al este de Glenwood Springs fueron evacuadas hoy. Los residentes evacuados pueden ir al Centro Comunitario de Glenwood Springs.
  • Restricciones de incendio: Todas las jurisdicciones en el área están bajo restricciones de incendio de la Etapa 1 y pasarán a la Etapa 2 el jueves.
  • Estadísticas de incendios de Grizzly Creek: Tamaño – 3,200 acres; Contención – 0%; Personal total – 211

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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