Grizzly Creek Fire

Grizzly Creek Burn Scar Offers Education Opportunity

May 5, 2021
Kathleen Shannon/KDNK

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers were at the Hanging Lake Trail media event last week. KDNK caught up with Education Director, Ben Sherman, and Communications and Engagement Manager, Jacob Baker. Garfield County Public Libraries will host a Grizzly Creek Fire Virtual Townhall Thursday, May 13, at 6pm.

Hanging Lake Trail Ready to Rock

Apr 30, 2021
Kathleen Shannon/KDNK

KDNK's Kathleen Shannon and Halle Zander hit the trail for a special sneak peek of the hike before it reopens.

Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

Colorado Mountain College hosted a recent continuing education talk about fire, but with a unique perspective: it was less about why wildfires are worsening, and more about the decisive actions communities can take to protect themselves from those fires.

Fighting Noxious Weeds Needs a Multi-Pronged Approach

Mar 26, 2021
Steve Anthony

April and May is the time to get on top of your weed management plan. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports on local efforts to reduce weeds without using chemicals.


In late February, the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a virtual discussion on the Grizzly Creek Wildfire about post-fire watershed response.


Courtesy White River National Forest

White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams briefs For Land's Sake host Bill Kight on the state of the forest. They touch on the difficulties of 2020, including high numbers of new visitors, the new shuttle system at Maroon Bells, and the Grizzly Creek Fire. They also talk about climate change, leadership, and other foci for the forest this new year.

Snow Slows Colorado Wildfire Season

Nov 4, 2020
Steve Skinner

Late October's early winter storm dumped about a foot of snow in various parts of Colorado and helped calm a few worrisome wildfires. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with David Boyd, Public Information Officer for the White River National Forest, to get an update on the Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak, and East Troublesome Fires.

Grizzly Creek Fire Grows by 150 Acres

Oct 24, 2020
US Bureau of Land Management

Since Thursday, the Grizzly Creek fire has grown about 150 acres between the west side of Grizzly Creek drainage and No Name drainage. Spot fires also occurred on the east side of the upper Grizzly Creek drainage; ground crews are working to contain these spots. The fire is now 32,631 acres and 91 percent contained. Please do not report smoke visible from area communities. 

Smoke Visible from Grizzly Creek Fire

Oct 6, 2020
White River National Forest

Smoke is still visible in parts of the Grizzly Creek Fire but that doesn't mean the perimeter is growing. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has an update.

August 2020 Broke Records in Heat and Fires Sparked

Sep 22, 2020
Grizzly Creek Fire incident Management Team

Over the past two decades, most of Colorado’s wildfires lit up in the months of June and July. This year? The state saw six fires spark in August, half of which set records in size. To learn more, KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with the Colorado State Climatologist and Director of Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, Russ Schumacher.

Forest Ecologist Talks Wildlife and Wildfire

Sep 11, 2020
Melvin Woody / US Forest Service

The Burnt Area Emergency Response  - or BAER – Team arrived this week to start work on the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with White River National Forest ecologist Liz Roberts to find out how wildlife handle the wildfire.

Valley Voices: A Recap of the Grizzly Creek Fire

Sep 10, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The Grizzly Creek Fire has burned over 32,400 acres and is 91% contained but not before two Type 1 Incident Management Teams from the Great Basin and Alaska, swooped in to bring the blaze under control.  Roads are beginning to open up but the Glenwood Canyon is still too dangerous to ride a bike or walk through or hang out at the rest areas.  This week's show features a clip from the final, live Facebook update, held almost every other night for a month, by the leading team. The show also features two stories by the KDNK News Team from inside the fire perimeter.

GCF Incident Management Team

The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team bid farewell to Colorado during Tuesday night’s final Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook update. Discussion also turned to the cost of the more than 32,000-acre blaze. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Closure Violations a Problem on Grizzly Creek Fire

Sep 7, 2020
Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page

Fire crews on the Grizzly Creek Fire are coming in contact with cyclists or other recreationists. And that's not good. Here's more from Thursday's community meeting.

GCF Incident Management Team

Fire managers with the Alaska Incident Management Team want hikers, bikers, hunters and other recreationists to adhere to the Grizzly Creek Fire closure areas. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Patty Simpson

Basalt resident Janet Lightfoot was on the Colorado River on August 10th when the Grizzly Creek Fire ignited and rushed up the canyon wall. Here, she tells the story to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and how it reminded her of the 2018 Lake Christine Fire near her home.

Lucas Turner

From incendiary 'dragonballs' dropped by unmanned aerial systems, to bulldozed firelines, to logistical support, fighting the Grizzly Creek fire has been a massive undertaking. For a closer look at how it all works, KDNK's Lucas Turner takes a trip to active operations for the southern portion of the fire on Bair Ranch.

Glenwood Canyon Bike Path Remains Closed

Aug 29, 2020
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I70 through the Glenwood Canyon is open to 2-way traffic but rest areas and the bike path remain closed. At a community meeting Thursday night, Don Poole, of the Colorado Department of Transportation, explained why. You can view Thursday's meeting and much more about the Grizzly Creek Fire by clicking here.

News Brief: An Aerial View of the Grizzly Creek Fire

Aug 27, 2020
Raleigh Burleigh/KDNK

KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh flew with Ecoflight Wednesday over the Grizzly Creek Fire. For this week’s Not-Quite-Weekly News Brief, he spoke with News Director Amy Hadden Marsh about his impressions of the fire. For additional photos from this flight by Getty Images photographer Alex Edelman, click here. For a 360 video by EcoFlight of a similar flyover on August 24, click here.

Great Basin Type I Team

The Great Basin Type I Incident Management Team is leaving the area after working on the Grizzly Creek Fire for a few weeks. A new team from Alaska is taking over Wednesday morning. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report from last night’s community meeting.

Wildland Fire Smoke Widespread and Potentially Harmful

Aug 25, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

While the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek Fires continue to grow in size, what about the smoke they're creating? Well, that can’t be measured in acres. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has more.

The Grizzly Creek Fire has scorched close to 30,000 acres and, as of Sunday afternoon, is 30% contained. Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon has been closed for over a week due to the fire. No Name homes have stood empty and locals have been worried about Hanging Lake. Earlier this week, KDNK reporter Kathleen Shannon and News Director Amy Hadden Marsh got a tour of the western end of the Canyon, including a glimpse of the Hanging Lake trailhead. Here's their report.

Road Report Journal

Are we having fun yet? The Janerator, the Pamster and Lukalicious, not to mention all the usual suspects, are getting tired of the smoke. Everyone's trying to guess when I-70 will reopen. And the girls want to reward your new or renewing KDNK membership during this program by buying you a hot dog when they're available again. Who says Carbondale is the people's republic?

Mind Springs Health Launches New Hotline and Care Kit

Aug 19, 2020
Mind Springs Health

The combination of wildfires, evacuations, and COVID-19 issues can be overwhelming. Mind Springs Health has launched a new, bilingual, support hotline and mental health care kit. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Mind Springs Health Clinical Operations Manager Jackie Skramstad for the details. The bilingual hotline number is 877.519.7505.

The Geeks

Grizzly Creek Fire Deputy Incident Commander Evans Kuo joins Geekspeak hosts Louie and Matt to describe fire imaging tech.

Road Report Journal


A vortex of smoke and fire swirled through KDNK on this week's episode of Whatever, complete with a temporary telephone outage. A big scary monster of a fire nearby, smoke on the water, fat ladies singing, a shortage of coins in the realm, Alopecia, Fresca shortages and suspicious deaths in Rifle alleys. All you need is love love love.

Bureau of Land Management

Animal-lovers living near the flames may need to evacuate livestock and pets. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has more on downvalley resources for animals in need.

GCF Incident Management Team

Check this page for the latest updates on the Grizzly Creek Fire and links to official information sources for evacuations and closures. Closures now include the area burned by the fire and hiking trails into the burned area, including Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and No Name. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path and other Colorado River recreation areas from Dotsero through Glenwood Canyon to No Name also remain closed.

Red Cross Ready for Evacuees at GWS Community Center

Aug 13, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The Grizzly Creek Fire has scorched over 4,600 acres. The fire jumped I70 and the Colorado River Tuesday afternoon and is burning north and south of the Colorado River. Multiple evacuations are in place, including No Name, Lookout Mountain, Homestead Estates, Bair Ranch, High Aspen Ranch, Coulter Creek, and Cottonwood Pass. The Red Cross has a presence at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with volunteer point person Rheta Fulton to find out what’s available for evacuees. Click through for more details.

Grizzly Creek Fire at 6,251 Acres, Jumps Colorado River

Aug 12, 2020
Jeff Peterson

Latest updates on the fire can be found on our Grizzly Creek Fire Updates and Information Resources page.

Hot, dry weather combined with dry fuels and a windy afternoon pushed the Grizzly Creek Fire Tuesday in multiple directions. The fire jumped I70 and the Colorado River in the early afternoon.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh was in Glenwood Springs yesterday and has this report.