Crews hope to squelch fire near Glenwood today
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Officials said that lightning is the probable cause of a wildfire burning near Red Canyon that several fire crews were fighting on Friday.
Initial reports said 2 to 3 acres of juniper and pine were involved, with flames of five to 10 feet. At 8 p.m., Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said close to 10 acres were burning and nothing of significant value was at risk.
“With any luck, we may have containment control sometime tomorrow,” he said.
The fire apparently started at about 4 p.m. on rugged Bureau of Land Management terrain.
The fire was up Red Canyon Road across Highway 82 from Holy Cross Energy headquarters.
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A federal crew, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire district, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District and Glenwood Springs firefighters were on the scene. Firefighters were expected to be in the area overnight, with local crews going home to rest in case they were needed on Saturday.
Tillotson, who confirmed that lightning was the probable cause of the fire, added that close to 30 firefighters were battling the blaze and said that winds had died down, aiding the effort.
A helicopter was aiding the fight, and additional resources were on the way.
Garfield County authorities said the blaze was just southwest of the 2013 Red Canyon fire, which burned about 400 acres.
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