Smoke blanketed the sky in Dotsero, Colorado, on August 17, after the Grizzly Creek Fire became “the largest in the history of the White River National Forest in terms of acres burned,” according to local media.
US Forest Service data said the fire had grown to 25,007 acres with 0 percent containment on August 17, substantially more than the forest’s next largest fire, the Big Fish Fire, in 2002.
The Aspen Times reported that the Big Fish Fire “burned 16,912 acres of national forest and totaled 17,056.”
Video shows smoke covering the sky across the valley from the town of Dotsero, which has been under a pre-evacuation order since August 14 due to the wildfire. Credit: Michael Elizabeth Sakas, CPR News via Storyful