Grizzly Creek Fire: I-70 closed in Glenwood Canyon due to brush fire

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UPDATE: The Grizzly Creek Fire Incident Command has directed an evacuation notice for the residents of No Name. The GWS Community Center is the relocation point. Please follow the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook for the latest.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The 1,300-acre Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon near the Grizzly Creek rest area is about five miles east of Glenwood Springs. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are no immediate threats to structures and no evacuations are in place. Most of the firefighting effort Monday afternoon took place from the air because of the rugged terrain and extreme fire behavior.

Interstate 70 is closed in both directions from Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs) to Exit 140 (Gypsum); alternate routes are advised. The highway will be reopened when it is safe to do so. The Forest Service is closing Coffee Pot Road outside of Dotsero and associated areas of the Flattops, as well as
Hanging Lake. A map and more information about the closure will be posted tomorrow.

The fire was first reported 1:29 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered large active flames in the I-70 median before the fire took a run up the north-facing slope. Supporting agencies include the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Carbondale Fire, and Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, and the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

Firefighters are coordinating closely with the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Firefighters reported extreme fire behavior. Conditions throughout western Colorado remain very dry, and fire danger is high.

Fire updates can be found on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page @GrizzlyCreekFireCO or https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/

For Colorado Department of Transportation updates please visit: www.COTRIP.org

Please help our first responders by staying clear of the area and allowing them to do their jobs in the safest and most efficient method possible.

The best alternate route from the east is north through Wolcott, Steamboat Springs and Craig then back down Hwy 13 to I-70. This detour will add at least two and one half hours to your travels. From the west, a similar route in reverse will bring you back to I-70 Be patient and understand the traffic on this route is two-way and will not be at the speeds normally associated with Interstate travel.

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