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Colorado Wildfire Information & Resources

 

With Colorado in various stages of drought, it is more important than ever to be careful with fire. Visitors can follow the etiquette of campfires by checking local fire restrictions, only building a fire where allowed and in designated rings, and never putting trash--including cigarette butts--into a campfire. When extinguishing a campfire, burn all wood to ash and ensure it is cool to the touch before leaving the campsite and never leave a campfire unattended. 

Grizzly Creek Fire

The Colorado Tourism Office is working with industry partners in Glenwood Springs as well as the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to monitor the Grizzly Creek Fire. The fire is about five miles east of Glenwood Springs and is about 6,250 acres in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 
Closures
I-70 is closed between MM 116 and MM 140 in both directions due to wildfire activity in Glenwood Canyon. The alternate route is US 24, US 285 and US 50.
Cottonwood Pass is closed in Garfield and Eagle counties. Independence Pass is also closed.
Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail and Clinetop Mesa roads are closed, as is much of the BLM and Forest Service lands in those areas. 

Please visit cotrip.org for the most up-to-date information regarding road closures. 

 
Trails and campgrounds near Glenwood Canyon are closed:
- Coffee Pot Rd - access to the Flat Tops is closed, including all campgrounds.
- Glenwood Canyon Resort is currently closed (located in No Name). 
- Glenwood Canyon bike path is closed.
- Colorado River recreation activities in Glenwood Canyon are suspended.
- Rafting outfitters still offer trips on the Roaring Fork River.

 

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is closed today (8/13/20) for wildfire mitigation. 

Hanging Lake
Due to the Grizzly Creek Fire the Hanging Lake trail is closed until Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Permit holders will be automatically refunded if they were holding a reservation through this Friday.
 
Currently, the Hanging Lake staff does not have the capacity to reschedule people manually. If your permit was refunded due to the closure, please make a new online reservation for a future available date.
 
Evacuations
Evacuations are in place for the communities of No Name, Lookout Mountain and Coulter Creek. The evacuation center is at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
 
Updates
For the most up-to-date information on the Grizzly Creek Fire, please visit the following pages:
- Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlenwoodFire

The town of Glenwood Springs is open for business and currently, all hot springs attractions are open.

Pine Gulch Fire

The Pine Gulch Fire is burning about 20 miles north of Grand Junction on Bureau of Land Management land. The fire is at 68,323 acres and is 7 percent contained. It was caused by a lightening strike.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Eagle, northern Mesa, central and eastern Garfield and eastern Rio Blanco counties.

Updates
For the most up-to-date information on the Pine Gulch Fire, please visit the following pages:
- Smoke impacts: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado
- Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6906/53119/