Firefighters monitoring smoke from Grizzly Creek Fire

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Posted at 12:22 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 14:22:23-04

EAGLE, Colo. — While the Grizzly Creek Fire just east of Glenwood Springs hasn't grown in about two weeks, firefighters are monitoring smokes visible on warm afternoons.

White River National Forest officials said smokes are currently showing in the Grizzly Creek drainage on the north side of the fire and the Devil’s Hole drainage south of I-70. Eight firefighters from the White River Fire Module and a helicopter with five crew members are available if needed, but the fire remains 91% contained at 32,431 acres.

“We’ll continue to see smokes like this until we get some moisture,” Incident Commander Dan Nielsen said. “Please respect the area closure of the fire perimeter and remember the White River National Forest and BLM in this area are in Stage 1 fire restrictions.”

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The governor signed an executive order in September to enable state agencies to coordinate resources for fire suppression, response, consequence management and recovery efforts as well as divert funds to help manage the costs of battling and repairing what has been lost in the wildfire.

The Grizzly Creek Fire started Aug. 10 in Glenwood Canyon and investigators determined it was human-caused.