Grizzly Creek wildfire spreads, keeps Interstate 70 closed through Glenwood Canyon

A fire burning in Glenwood Canyon grew to 14,663 acres, forcing more evacuations and leading fire commanders to advise residents in North Glenwood Springs to be ready for rapidly changing conditions.

Fire officials expect the fire on Friday to continue its spread along the Colorado River/Interstate 70 corridor. And there’s a potential for extreme fire behavior if winds pick up or the fire aligns with a downward slope, fire officials wrote on an incident website.

Interstate 70, the major thoroughfare through the Rocky Mountains, remains closed, and police advise motorists to follow the Colorado Department of Transportation’s recommended detour rather than trying to navigate mountains passes. There is no estimated time for re-opening.

On Thursday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office evacuated Bair Ranch, Sweetwater, and Coffee Pot Springs. Dotsero is on pre-evacuation notice, the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

Fire crews will continue their work to protect homes and other structures in the area. Those areas include the Shoshone Power Plant, Lookout Mountain, and the No Name subdivision.  The fire is active on the east side, near Deadman’s Gulch, where crews are working to keep fire from spotting across I-70, the incident website said.

Firefighters are using heavy equipment in areas that can be reached while helicopters and air tankers are dropping fire retardants in the area.

The fire has closed the White River National Forest as well as the popular Hanging Lake recreation area.

Grizzly Creek fire

Click fire perimeter and map markers for details. To see all active wildfires, go to the U.S. wildfire map.

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