GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs Fire Department sent a crew to help fight the Grizzly Creek Fire, which is burning near Glenwood Springs, last week.
FOX21 spoke with one of those firefighters Tuesday night, and learned this fire is a particularly difficult one.
“[With] 26 years of wildland fire fighting [experience], it’s pretty intense,” said CSFD Fire Captain Steven Oswald. “It’s a very tough atmosphere.”
With dry days and hot nights the weather on the western slope isn’t helping.
“The fire making a run clear into the night time which we don’t usually see,” said Oswald. “Those things really concern us, because, that’s a perfect recipe for fire to burn.”
During Governor Polis’ Tuesday press conference he and other members of the state government talked about COVID-19 concerns among firefighters. The state is making sure firefighters have resources to avoid large groups during firefighting operations.
“Making sure fire crews have the ability to be self-sufficient,” Stan Hilkey Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety said. “Staggering when and where and how firefighters eat and sleep. Increasing the number of hygiene stations available, cleaning supplies and equipment. Trying to limit them from gathering together in large groups for food, shelter and water,” said
“Giving this community a sense of safety and fact, all of us, are here, to support them and try to protect their community livelihood and their homes,” said Oswald.
As of Tuesday, the fire had burned 25,007 acres with no containment in place.
More than 700 emergency responders have been called to work on this fire.
I-70 is closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum, and there is no estimated time for its reopening.
A Community Meeting for the Grizzly Creek Fire happened on Tuesday and it was streamed in the Facebook post below.
As yet, there has been no determination on how the fire started, on August 10.