Grizzly Creek Fire Aug. 17: 25,000 acres, 0% contained, I-70 remains closed

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Fire crews battling the Grizzly Creek Fire say Monday that weather for the next two days is a concern, with the potential for dry thunderstorms. Hot and dry conditions with winds out of the northeast are expected to continue. The fire is 25,000 acres and 0% contained as of Monday, and remains the nation’s top firefighting priority.

Firefighters will bolster their efforts Monday using heavy equipment in every division to construct fire line. Structure protection will continue in No Name and Bair Ranch, with additional efforts in High Aspen, Spring Valley, and areas to the south as needed. Crews on the east side of the fire will work to complete indirect fire line construction from I-70 to the Coffee Pot Road.

Crews will engage the fire where they safely can. The direct attack of the fire continues to be difficult, due to the rugged and steep terrain. 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/.

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.

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 us. 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.

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