Grizzly Creek fire update: Heavy smoke on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Patches of fire in Glenwood Canyon caused sections of Interstate 70 to become smoky Sunday as the Grizzly Creek fire perked up in the hot, dry weather.

The smoked prompted calls to the Grand Junction Interagency Wildland Fire Dispatch Center but “the fretting was unwarranted,” fire officials said in a news release. Pockets of unburned vegetation ignited, sending columns of smoke into the air. The area have smoldered for days and helicopters dropped water to douse the flare-ups, the news release said.

A red flag warning for the area is in place until 9 p.m. Monday as the temperature climbs into the mid-90s and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, the news release said.

The Grizzly Creek fire has burned 32,464 acres since it started on Aug. 10. Fire officials said it was human-caused. The fire has not grown in the past seven days and its at 83% containment, according to a fire information website.

The fire is expected to produce interior smoke and flare ups until a heavy rain or snow happens, which is expected for Tuesday.

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