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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Meadow Creek Fire, which began from a lightning strike on June 26, is still active with smoke visible on occasion.

The fire is located 8 miles north of New Castle and within the Rifle Ranger District on the White River National Forest in steep rugged terrain.

“With hunting season coming up we want to remind the public that this fire is still active. While smoke may not be visible every day, it is still burning with very low intensity. This could change with dryer weather. Anyone traveling to the area needs to be made aware that this fire may be with us until snow shuts it down,” said UCR Central Zone Fire Management Officer (FMO) Russell Long.



The Meadow Creek Fire is within an area identified as a proposed Research Natural Area in the White River National Forest’s resource management plan. Prescribed fires have previously been used in this area for wildlife enhancement. This fire is doing what natural fires have achieved for thousands of years, creating diversity in overly dense mixed conifer vegetation. This improved habitat will be used by many species of birds and both small and large mammals.

Officials said the closure for the Main Elk Creek drainage is still in place. The Hadley Gulch Trail and the Clinetop Road are open for public use at this time.



A headline from a story in Wednesday’s Post Independent about a civil lawsuit filed by a former Garfield County employee was misleading and misrepresented the facts of the story.

The headline should have said that the “former” jail commander of the Garfield County Jail is facing accusations and might be back in court next month.

The Post Independent apologizes for the error.

Cowdin Drive will be closed at 8th Street on Aug. 27, 28 and 29 for concrete placement. Residents can access Cowdin Drive via Overlin Drive and Midland Avenue.


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