Blaze knocked down after house fire up 3 Mile outside Glenwood Sunday evening
Glenwood Springs firefighters brought a potentially dangerous brush fire under control within a couple of hours Sunday evening along Three Mile Road after responding to a house fire and encountering flames spreading into the tinder-dry vegetation.
Evacuations of the area beyond the half-mile mark were initially ordered about 7:30 p.m., but were lifted by 9 p.m. Incident command reported that ground crews were able to control the 2-acre blaze and limit the spread without air support.
No injuries were reported, and as of late Sunday night the fire was controlled and was being monitored throughout the night. The Garfield County Fire Investigation team is investigating this incident.
The fire broke out just after 7 p.m. Sunday.
“Firefighters arrived to find a small residential structure fully engulfed in flames and 20-foot-high flames in mature oak brush, where the risk for wildfire spread was high,” Glenwood Springs Fire said in a statement.
Two water tenders, seven fire engines and seven command vehicles responded with 42 firefighters, including mutual aid from Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Roaring Fork Fire Rescue, Interagency and the Forest Service.
Garfield County Sheriff, Garfield County Road and Bridge, Excel Energy, Colorado State Patrol and Glenwood Electric also assisted.
Pre-evacuation orders were immediately put into place for Three Mile residents, followed by an official evacuation order. Evacuees were advised to go to Glenwood Springs High School until the orders were lifted. Mountain Springs residents had a shelter-in-place order until around 10 p.m.
“The rapid response by firefighters kept this 2-acre fire from turning into a very large and destructive wildfire,” Incident Commander Harlan Nimmo said in a release.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. The Garfield County Fire Investigation team is investigating the incident.
There were reportedly downed power lines in the area after a thunder storm with high winds blew through Glenwood Springs.
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