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Crews respond quickly, knock down brush fire above Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs and other area firefighting crews responded to a brush fire that started on the hillside above 26th and Palmer in Glenwood Springs late Wednesday afternoon.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Firefighting crews from around the area responded to a small brush fire on the hillside northeast of the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart late Wednesday afternoon. It was the second fire to spark in the area, rumored to the be the site of one of the area’s many homeless camps, in as many days.

The Wednesday fire started up just a few feet from where firefighters put out a small fire the night before, according to fire officials on the scene. They received the call at around 5:10 p.m., and by 5:40 p.m. just a few smoking spots remained.

Glenwood Springs Fire Battalion Chief Doug Gerrald said 15 firefighters and four law enforcement officers responded with four fire engines.

Firefighters walked beyond the private property sign on the hillside above 26th Street and Palmer Avenue to put out both fires. The current Stage 1 fire restrictions that were reinstated last weekend remain in effect countywide and prohibit any type of open burning and smoking outside of a controlled area or developed campground.

Glenwood Springs Fire Lt Jason Grosse, who was on scene for both fires, said Tuesday night’s fire appeared to be caused by a loose cigarette butt. Outdoor smoking is banned under stage 1 restrictions.

Gerrald said the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will head the fire investigation for the Wednesday event, once it was completely out.

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