Grizzly Creek Fire 91% contained, rain and snow reduced fire activity
The interstate is back open and crews have been successful in gaining more containment of the fire
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)- It has been over a week now since the Grizzly Creek Fire has seen any growth in acreage (32,431 acres), and containment of the fire has now reached 91%. 100 personal remain on the fire.
Starting Saturday September 12th Coffee Pot Road will re-open, although the south area of Coffee Pot Road will remain closed.
“We understand the high public interest in accessing the Coffee Pot Road. We still have crews working in the area, so we are asking people to drive carefully, and if they are hunting, to be aware of their surroundings,” said White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.
The Bureau of Land Management boat launch at Dotsero Landing will open Saturday for take out only. Lyon’s Gulch and Cottonwood Landing above Dostero will remain open for put-in and take-out.
The Colorado River recreation areas from Dostero through Glenwood Canyon to No Name will remain closed due to heavy equipment still working in the area. Transfer Trail Road is also not open.
Drones with infrared cameras are being utilized to sniff out hotspots within the containment lines, and crews are then mopping these spots up, a tedious task according to officials.
I-70 remains open, but travelers should expect periodic delays for firefighting operations and for possible flash floods in the event of heavy rains. With much of the vegetation in the area now ash, water has no way to be absorbed, which increases the chances of flooding.
The official cause of the fire has not been determined, but the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says it could have been from a blowout tire, or from chains dragging on the interstate.
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