Grizzly Creek Fire Aug. 24 Update

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The Grizzly Creek Fire, burning in Glenwood Canyon is 30,719 acres and 33% contained as of Monday, August 24th.

Fire behavior increased Sunday due to hot and dry weather conditions over the fire area.

See Sunday’s fire update here.

Unburned islands continued to burn and smolder. The fire did make a push onto the plateau on the northwest side of the fire and air resources dropped retardant. The fire was active in the morning 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.

Increased fire behavior is expected again Monday. 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.

On Monday morning at 6:00 am, 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. See more on I-70’s opening here.

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