Grizzly Creek fire update: Wildfire near Glenwood Springs up to 3,700 acres; I-70 remains closed

The Grizzly Creek fire grew to 3,700 acres overnight with 0% containment, as Interstate 70 remains closed through Glenwood Canyon and more nearby residents are being evacuated.

Residents in No Name, Lookout Mountain and Coulter Creek areas east of Glenwood Springs have been evacuated, Grizzly Creek fire officials said on the incident website.

Both directions of I-70 between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum remain closed with detours in place. Cottonwood Pass Road, Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa roads are closed, as is much of the public land in those areas.

Hot, dry weather combined with gusty winds and dry fuels helped the fire spread in multiple directions Tuesday, fire officials said. The fire crossed the Colorado River in the afternoon.

And the situation won’t get any better Wednesday.

“Today, the fire is expected to be extremely active and fast-moving,” fire officials wrote in a morning update.

Firefighters on Wednesday are doing preparation work in the evacuated communities as well as at the Shone Power Plant, officials said.

Drivers can visit for road closure information.

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday urged caution from Coloradans to help prevent further wildfires.

“During this pandemic, firefighters and first responders are playing a critical role in keeping our state safe, and we want to remind everyone to please do your part in preventing human-caused wildfires,” Polis said in a statement. “While this pandemic has been unprecedented, the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, along with our public safety partners, have been proactively working to ensure our state is prepared for this year’s wildfire season – including for challenges presented by COVID-19.”

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