Former Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs answers call of duty for Grizzly Creek Fire |

Former Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs answers call of duty for Grizzly Creek Fire

Gov. Jared Polis, right, and former Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs interact Sept. 17, 2018 in Frisco.
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Former Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs is helping to fight the Grizzly Creek Fire, according to the governor’s office.

Early last year, Gov. Jared Polis named Gibbs to serve in his cabinet as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, just after he was sworn in for his third term on the Summit Board of County Commissioners. Gibbs, a reserve wildland firefighter, was called up to report for duty late last week.

The Grizzly Creek Fire, what Polis called the “No. 1 fire priority in the entire nation,” is burning upward of 25,000 acres of land just east of Glenwood Springs. Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Tim Maulk will serve as acting director of the department while Gibbs is on duty.

“I conveyed my gratitude to the over 1,100 men and women fighting the fires in western Colorado,” Polis said in a release. “Our entire state is grateful to our first responders for answering the call to protect our communities. It’s no question that this is a difficult time for Coloradans, especially those in the vicinity of the fires, and we appreciate our emergency first responders and public safety workers now more than ever. Colorado communities are struggling with the effects of severe statewide drought and have proven our resiliency time and again, and I know this time will be no different.”

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