The ‘Hanging Lake miracle’: Fire spares popular destination

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The ‘Hanging Lake miracle’: Fire spares popular destination

Massive Grizzly Creek blaze scorches Glenwood Canyon, spares trail, waterway
Hanging Lake, a popular hiking destination east of Glenwood Springs, was not burned as the Grizzly Creek Fire swept through the area in August – something forest officials are calling a “miracle.” But even though the lake is its usual greenish-blue now, the threat of burn-area runoff making its way into the lake ecosystem, and what impact that might have, is an unknown.
Great Basin National Incident Management One Team Public Information Officers Wayne Patterson and Mike Ferris walk by a large boulder Aug. 17 that crashed down on the sidewalk below burned cliffs from the Grizzly Creek Fire near the Hanging Lake parking lot in Glenwood Canyon. The trail to the lake and the area immediately around lake did not burn.
The Colorado River divides Glenwood Canyon where slurry is seen on a ridge from the Grizzly Creek Fire on Aug. 24. The fire has burned more than 32,000 acres.
Charred remains from The Grizzly Creek Fire can be seen along the medians of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. The popular Hanging Lake destination escaped damage from the Grizzly Creek Fire, but officials do not know when they will be able to reopen the trail to hikers.
A helicopter takes off from Interstate 70 surrounded by scorched earth around the highway from the Grizzly Creek Fire outside of Glenwood Springs.

The ‘Hanging Lake miracle’: Fire spares popular destination

Hanging Lake, a popular hiking destination east of Glenwood Springs, was not burned as the Grizzly Creek Fire swept through the area in August – something forest officials are calling a “miracle.” But even though the lake is its usual greenish-blue now, the threat of burn-area runoff making its way into the lake ecosystem, and what impact that might have, is an unknown.
Great Basin National Incident Management One Team Public Information Officers Wayne Patterson and Mike Ferris walk by a large boulder Aug. 17 that crashed down on the sidewalk below burned cliffs from the Grizzly Creek Fire near the Hanging Lake parking lot in Glenwood Canyon. The trail to the lake and the area immediately around lake did not burn.
The Colorado River divides Glenwood Canyon where slurry is seen on a ridge from the Grizzly Creek Fire on Aug. 24. The fire has burned more than 32,000 acres.
Charred remains from The Grizzly Creek Fire can be seen along the medians of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon. The popular Hanging Lake destination escaped damage from the Grizzly Creek Fire, but officials do not know when they will be able to reopen the trail to hikers.
A helicopter takes off from Interstate 70 surrounded by scorched earth around the highway from the Grizzly Creek Fire outside of Glenwood Springs.