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Posted on: August 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Grizzly Creek Fire Grows to 1300 Acres, I-70 Closures Remain

The Grizzly Creek Fire is burning in rugged terrain north of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon on the White River National Forest. Air resources are responding. Traffic is impacted: for more information and alternate routes, please visit

UPDATE: Beginning at 7 p.m., local eastbound traffic waiting at MP 109 will be allowed to to access Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley. Please note this is for LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY. Thru traffic must still use the recommended detour routes. 

The Grizzly Creek Fire is reporting approximately 1300 acres with over 60+firefighters on scene. Heavy air attack with four Heavy Air Tankers, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and a Type I and Type III helicopter. Motorists are advised to review detour routes recommended by CDOT. Both Cottonwood Pass and Independence pass are experiencing gridlock and are not advisable at this time. 

Grizzly Creek Fire updates and information is available at:


― I-70 Mountain Corridor Advisory ―

I-70 closure update

 Travelers should plan to use alternate routes

GARFIELD & EAGLE COUNTIES ― I-70 continues to be closed in both directions in Glenwood Canyon, between Mile Point 109 and MP 140 (Dotsero). Agencies are responding to the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon, which began at Mile Point 120. Closures and delays may continue to be extensive. 

CDOT recommends that travelers use highways to the south of I-70 while detouring:

- Travelers heading westbound on I-70 can use US 24, CO 91, or CO 9 to US 285 US 50 and continue west.

- Motorists headed east on I-70 can travel on US 50 to travel east towards US 24, CO 91 or CO 9 to return to I-70 eastbound, or continue east on 285 to the Denver metro area.

- Motorists can take a northern detour of CO 131 to US 40 to CO 139. Please note that while CO 13 is open at this time, it is not a recommended detour due to construction. ·Oversize commercial vehicles is not allowed due to construction conditions on CO 13.

Delays are likely on these routes, as they do not normally carry traffic volumes as heavy as I-70. CDOT asks that motorists ·not· use Cottonwood Pass, due to fire activity.

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