Grizzly Creek Wildfire, the blaze that's shut down a stretch of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon in both directions, has nearly doubled in size to 6,250 acres. Yesterday morning, the blaze was estimated to be 3,351 acres in size.

Firefighters are currently working on structure protection in multiple areas including the Shoshone Power Plant, Lookout Mountain, and No Name subdivision. The fire has jumped the river and highway, now burning on both sides of the canyon.

While an update on the 0 percent containment was not included in the Thursday morning report, establishing containment lines is one of the current initiatives of the 20-plus personnel assigned to the blaze.

The fire is currently making travel around this part of the state quite difficult, as a number of roads that would typically be used for an I-70 detour have also been closed. This includes Independence Pass, which has been shut down indefinitely. Cottonwood Pass Road, Coffee Pot Road, Transfer Trail, and Clinetop Mesa also have closures in place.

This is a developing story.

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