Grizzly Creek Fire now 28,030 acres, finally increases in containment from 0% to 4%

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The Grizzly Creek Fire, burning in Glenwood Canyon and forcing a complete shutdown on Interstate 70, is 28,030 acres. acres and 4% contained as of Wednesday. It’s the first time containment has increased above 0% since the beginning of the fire, which ignited on August 10th.

The fire held on the east side of No Name Creek on Tuesday, with heat remaining at the top of the drainage. Indirect fire line construction on the Transfer Trail was completed two-thirds of the way to Windy Point. In the Grizzly Creek drainage, active fire persisted on both sides of the creek. Contingency lines are secondary lines of defense, in the event the fire progresses beyond the current perimeter. A contingency line above the French Creek drainage was also nearly completed yesterday. Firefighters established fire line from I-70 north to Coffee Pot Road and are feeling the upper part of the fire line will hold. They will continue to improve the containment line. The ridges near Ike and Spruce Creeks in the Bair Ranch area are still areas of focus. Firing operations occurred on Spruce Ridge to remove unburned fuels next to the dozer line. As fire becomes close to Bair Ranch, additional fire operations will take place to protect Bair Ranch structures. There was minimal fire progression near Lookout Mountain.

On Wednesday, fire suppression activity today will include the completion of indirect fire line to the top of Windy Point, along the Transfer Trail. This line is a contingency line in the event fire moves out of the No Name Creek drainage. Above the French Creek drainage, crew will also work to complete control lines. Scattered pockets of heat remain along the fire line from I-70 north towards
Coffee Pot Road. Much of today’s efforts will be on the south side in Bair Ranch from Ike Creek east to Spruce Ridge where fire spotting potential remains high.

Excel Energy is currently working in Glenwood Canyon to the east of No Name replacing power poles and repairing infrastructure. Crews will continue to engage the fire where they safely can, with additional consideration in the next few days of weather concerns, including the potential
for dry lightning and gusty winds.

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/.

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