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A raw water supply line over the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs that ruptured last week has been fixed and is again functioning, according to city officials.

Workers slowly allowed water from the No Name diversion back into the 24-inch raw water supply line Tuesday until it was at full pressure, City Manager Jeff Hecksel said.

“We will continue to monitor it over the next couple of days to make sure it is holding,” he said.

A 10-inch line that carries treated water back to the north side of the river that also ruptured when a joint in the main supply line gave way has also been repaired.

While the main line was down the city was drawing water from an emergency pump station on the Roaring Fork River, and city water users were asked to conserve water use in the meantime. Hecksel said there were no reported problems with water pressure or other service issues during the repairs.

The Meadow Creek Fire, which has been burning about 8-10 miles north of New Castle since late June, was at 1,214 acres as of Tuesday morning, according to federal fire management officials who are working to control the burn for resource management purposes.

In the meantime, smoke from the fire can be expected to settle into the valleys in western Garfield County, especially overnight and in the early morning, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit indicated in its latest update issued Tuesday morning.

The 93 firefighters assigned to the blaze were working to build a fireline on the southwest corner of the fire, along the Hadley Point Trail, which remains closed along with the Main Elk Creek Trail.

“A hydro-axe is being used to accomplish clearing of more difficult portions of the line that has heavier fuels,” according to the press release. “This equipment removes heavy oak brush and trees and grinds the material into mulch which is spread on the ground near the fireline.

“This effort is being employed to stop any forward spread to the south, thus protecting structures and water supplies,” according to the release.

The Meadow Creek Fire started June 26 as a result of a lightning strike. The fire is being managed to achieve several resource objectives, including improved bighorn sheep habitat.

The Incident Management Organization assigned to the Meadow Creek Fire has relocated its Incident Command Post to Coal Ridge High School.

The phone number for fire information has recently changed. Current fire information can be obtained by calling (970) 665-6746 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Updated information is also posted at http://www.inciweb.org.

Anyone wanting to receive daily updates can send an e-mail address to meadowcreekfire@gmail.com.

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