Containmentnear on wildfire |

Containmentnear on wildfire

The High Aspen Fire was 75 percent contained by Tuesday afternoon and was expected to be completely contained by Thursday afternoon, according to the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.The fire stood at 65 acres on Tuesday, downsized from an initial estimate of 100 acres. One home was in the immediate fire area, but it was being protected by a fire engine company. The fire, which is burning in the hills above Missouri Heights, started Monday on private property. The cause of the fire was still unknown on Tuesday evening, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said. At first, investigators were looking into the possibility that the fire was sparked by a fire in a barbecue pit, but Vallario said the pit was well-enclosed, leading investigators to believe the fire started somewhere else. “The interagency team was going to bring in an investigator to determine the cause,” Vallario said. “We’ll get it out, then we’ll work with investigators on the cause and origin.”Fire crews, including firefighters from Carbondale, Basalt, Rifle, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and two airplanes from Ogden, Utah, have been used to fight the fire. “They almost have a line completely around it,” Vallario said. “There have been a couple of little flare-ups, but the helicopter was hitting them.”Vallario said there is still potential for spread, but that fire crews appear to have a good handle on the blaze and should have it contained by Thursday.If evacuations are needed, a possibility Carbondale fire officials consider remote, the Reverse 911 system will be used. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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