Grizzly Creek Fire at 1300 Acres, I70 Remains Closed Through Glenwood Canyon
The Grizzly Creek Fire blew up Monday afternoon in the Glenwood Canyon and quickly spread to 1300 acres in steep, rough terrain. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with White River National Forest Public Information Officer David Boyd to get an early report.
UPDATE August 11, 2020, 8:33 AM: I-70 remains closed indefinitely in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. CDOT asks that motorists do not use Cottonwood Pass due to fire activity. No Name is under pre-evacuation orders, which means residents should be ready to evacuate. You can find info and photos at the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebookpage.
August 10, 2020: CDOT will open up I70 at Mile Marker 109 (South Canyon) at 7 PM Monday to allow local traffic access to Glenwood springs and the Roaring Fork Valley. This is for local traffic only; thru traffic must use the recommended detour routes, below.
CDOT recommends that westbound travelers use US 24 to US 285 to Poncha Springs and US 50 to I70 to Grand Junction. Eastbound travelers can take US 285 out of Poncha Springs to US 24 - then, I-70 between Avon and Vail. Northbound motorists can take Highway 131 to US 40 to 139. Highway 13 out of Rifle is open but under construction and commercial vehicles are prohibited.
CDOT asks travelers NOT to use Cottonwood Pass due to fire activity.