AUG. 13 GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE UPDATES: Fire size now at 6,251 acres; I-70 remains closed

Staff Reports
A spotter for an airtanker flies around the plume of smoke billowing from the Grizzly Creek Fire as it blows up in No Name Canyon on Wednesday afternoon.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent
Grizzly Creek Fire (Aug. 13)

Size: 6,251 acres

Containment: 0%

Hand Crews: Six, 20-person

Helicopters: 6

Engines: 11

Water Tenders: 1

Dozers: on order, as well as feller bunchers and other logging equipment

Total Personnel: 238

Location: Glenwood Canyon

Started: Aug. 10, 2020

Cause: Under investigation


Great Basin Type 1 Team (Adell)

From Incident Command: Today’s weather and fire behavior is expected to be similar to Wednesday’s, with active fire behavior and Red Flag Warning conditions due to gusty winds and low relative humidity.

On Wednesday afternoon, the fire reached the bottom of the No Name drainage, which will be a focus of firefighters today. Hotshot crews are working to contain spot fires along the ridge south of No Name drainage, and establish an anchor point and firelines.

“Residents in north Glenwood Springs should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions that may lead to pre-evacuation notices,” according to the Thursday morning update. Evacuation information is posted on the Garfield County website at

Firefighters continue to do structure protection in several locations around the fire including the Shoshone Power Plant, Lookout Mountain, and the No Name subdivision.

“The fire is also fairly active on the east side, near Deadman’s Gulch, where crews are working to keep fire from spotting across I-70 in additional locations. Heavy equipment is working in more accessible areas. Helicopters and airtankers are supporting the efforts of engines and ground crews.”

Great Basin Type 1 Team, Incident Commander Marty Adell assumed command of the Grizzly Creek Fire at 6 a.m. Thursday.

FIRE AREA MAP: Fire Incident Command has provided a current map of the Grizzly Creek Fire. The fire is currently 6,250 acres.

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Current Grizzly Creek Fire evacuations in effect, by order of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office:

  • No Name
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Homestead Estates
  • Bair Ranch
  • High Aspen Ranch
  • Coulter Creek
  • Cottonwood Pass
  • Spring Valley Ranch
  • Coffee Pot Road
  • Sweetwater Road
  • Buck Point Drive

The city of Glenwood Springs has created a web page to provide resources and information for people who have been evacuated due to the Grizzly fire, at

The Glenwood Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, is the relocation point for Garfield County evacuees of the Grizzly Creek Fire. Community Center amenities and showers are available to evacuees.

The Gypsum Recreation Center located on Valley Road will be available as an evacuation center for any Eagle County residents in need.

Community Meeting: The Great Basin Type 1 Team will host a virtual FaceBook live community meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2020.

Other resources available to those affected by the fire:

RED CROSS: Contact: 1-800-RED-CROSS

Red Cross will be on-site at the Community Center 6:00am – 7:30pm Wednesday, August 12th through Friday, August 14th offering disaster relief services. Accommodations can be arranged through the Red Cross by visiting the Community Center.

LIFT-UP: Contact: LIFT-UP 970-625-4496 or email

LIFT-UP is available to help with food, clothing, and household items for any individuals or families affected by the Grizzly Creek Fire.

NOTE FROM INCIDENT COMMAND: The Grizzly Creek Fire sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support and offers of donations. However, we can’t accept donations of food, beverage or masks. Rest assured that our firefighters are fully self-sufficient and well provided for. Those who want to support firefighters or those affected by the Grizzly Creek Fire can donate to your local fire protection district, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Evacuations and Closures: For updated information about evacuations in Garfield County, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (970) 625-8095, in Eagle County call (970) 479-2201.

  • Cottonwood Pass Road in Eagle and Garfield counties are closed
  • Interstate 70 remains closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. No estimated time to reopen. Visit for road closure information.
  • Independence Pass is closed with no estimated time to reopen.
  • Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa roads are closed, as are much of the lands of BLM and Forest Service in those areas. Closure maps are available on inciweb.
  • Fire Restrictions: All jurisdictions in the area are under Stage 1 fire restrictions and will move to Stage 2 on Thursday.

Fire Restrictions: All jurisdictions in the area re under Stage 1 fire restrictions and will move to Stage 2 at midnight Thursday.

This is a developing story and will be updated.