Grizzly Creek Fire grows to 13,441 acres, Gov. Polis calls it the nation’s top firefighting priority

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — On Thursday, the fire experienced rapid and erratic growth, challenging firefighters and prompting additional evacuations. The combination of dry vegetation, steep terrain, and the Red Flag conditions of hot, dry weather and gusty winds have continued to drive fire growth. On Thursday, the fire grew rapidly to the east towards Bair Ranch and southeast up Devil’s Hole Canyon. This resulted in an increase of acreage from 6,251 to 13,441 acres as of 10 p.m. Thursday when the fire was mapped. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire held in the bottom of the No Name Drainage.

In a news conference Friday, Gov. Jared Polis said the Grizzly Creek Fire is the nation’s “highest priority” in firefighting.

Today, Friday, August 14th, the fire will continue to be active as weather conditions remain hot and dry. Firefighting efforts will include structure protection in the areas of Spring Valley, High
Aspen and Lookout Mountain, and continued structure protection efforts in the I-70 corridor
from No Name to Shoshone Power Station, Bair Ranch, and Dotsero. Helicopters will have access to refill at a portable fire-retardant mixing station and tank, which is being set up on I-70 near No Name. An additional helibase has been established in Glenwood Springs.

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/.
The team will host a virtual FaceBook live community meeting tonight, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

Evacuations: Residents in communities around the Grizzly Creek Fire should stay aware of
the fire’s dynamic changing conditions. Anytime evacuation notices change or areas move
into pre-evacuation status, the information will be shared at the Garfield County website at
www.Garfield-county.com and Eagle County at www.eaglecounty.us/emergency, as well as
on official FaceBook accounts and local radio stations. 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 and
Independence Pass are closed. 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:
https://www.codot.gov/travel

Area Closures: In place on the White River National Forest and the BLM Colorado River
Valley Field Office. Maps are available at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions. Information is
at https://colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-restriction-information.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Temporary flight restrictions are in place for the
Grizzly Creek Fire. Flying drones in the area of the fire is illegal, as well as dangerous for
the fire pilots.

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