Firefighters quell small brush fire in west Glenwood |

Firefighters quell small brush fire in west Glenwood

Glenwood Springs firefighters quickly extinguished a small brush fire in a residential area before it could reach a nearby home.

The fire started Saturday afternoon at the corner of Tanager Drive and Ptarmigan Lane, near the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, when a resident was trying dispose of some weeds with a propane burner, said Doug Gerrald, battalion chief with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

The burn got out of control and spread to nearby junipers. Flames were as high as 20 feet and heading toward the property owner’s home when firefighters arrived on scene, Gerrald said.

Within minutes, the single engine that arrived first was able to extinguish the fire, which burned an area about 25 yards by 3 or 4 yards.

With high fire danger in the area, Gerrald said the incident is another reminder to be extremely cautious with any open flames or sources of ignition.

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