Fire contained on Colorado River island near Silt |

Fire contained on Colorado River island near Silt

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” A fire that burned between 25 and 30 acres of a privately owned island in a section of the Colorado River north of Interstate 70 and west of Silt was contained by 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District Chief Brit McLin doesn’t know exactly who the landowners are, but he said that they were out there on a trackhoe Monday taking care of the remaining hot spots.

While the weather may have caused the fire to get out of control in the first place, it was the overnight snow that helped put it out.

“Overnight? Yes, the weather did help out,” McLin said. “We got very fortunate that the wind did the right thing and my guys were able to get on it quickly.”

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District responded ” with aid from Rifle Fire Protection District and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office ” to the wildland fire at approximately 1:45 Sunday afternoon. McLin said that the fire was an authorized burn and that it was attended by the landowners, but the high winds fanned the flames and it quickly got out of control.

“The wind just came up and got it,” McLin said.

The fire was contained to the island and McLin said that it probably did more good than harm. He indicated that the owners were burning the property attempting to remove overgrown tamarisk and Russian olive.

“The fire probably rehabilitated the area more than it damaged it,” McLin said.

The fire department’s main concern was the fire jumping the river and threatening nearby homes. However, no structures were threatened or damaged.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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