GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo.- The Grizzly Creek Fire, still regarded as one of the highest priority wildfires in the nation, is now 22 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
At last update, the fire remains steady at around 30,000 acres.
On Saturday crews remained concerned about hot and dry conditions, but are setting up burnout operations on the eastern portion of the fire.
On the west side of the fire, crews plan to work in steeper sections of Bear Creek and in the Lookout Mountain Park area.
I-70 is still closed in both directions from Glenwood Springs to Gypsum, with no current estimated time of reopening.
MAJOR ROAD REOPENING UPDATE
Cottonwood Pass will open Sunday, August 23 for local traffic only.
This is according to a recent news release from Eagle County officials. This includes but isn’t limited to travel to/from work or school or medical appointments. Or other businesses or essential services in Eagle, Garfield or Pitkin counties.
Only regular passenger vehicles and pick-up trucks will be allowed on cottonwood pass without pre-approval.
Drivers should be prepared to show proof of their need to travel, such as a work ID card or badge, confirmation of a doctor’s appointment, or a letter from their employer.
Authorities want people to try and not use the pass during the I-70 closure due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. This is an effort to minimize hazardous traffic jams on the narrow mountain pass.