Close call in Spring Valley when car fire spreads
CARBONDALE — Firefighters were able to keep a small brush fire at the Pinon Pines Apartments in Spring Valley under control, after a vehicle fire in the parking lot Saturday afternoon spread to the dry grass, according to a Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District official.
“I’d call that a legitimate save,” said Carbondale Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin.
Firefighters were called at 3:22 p.m. Saturday to a report of a car on fire at Pinon Pines, located just east of the Colorado Mountain College Springs Valley campus. The fire had begun to spread to the grass behind the apartment building and toward a stand of pinon and juniper, Goodwin said.
The fire district’s wildland fire brush truck was roving the area at the time and was the first on scene, followed by three additional fire engines and 15 firefighters, he said.
“They kept it to about a quarter acre, and out of the pinon,” Goodwin said. “That was critical.”
Dry conditions have resulted in numerous fires in western Garfield County, including the Ward Gulch Fire that caused the evacuation of the Rifle Falls Campground, Rifle Mountain Park and the nearby fish hatchery.
The Carbondale fire district has been on high alert for the past week, including daily rover patrols to keep a lookout for any fires in the sprawling district, which stretches north to south from Spring Valley and Missouri Heights to the Marble area.
“We’ve had people out every day just keeping an eye out,” Goodwin said. “It’s something we’ve done whenever there is a high fire danger, just because of the size of the district.”
The Saturday afternoon fire was out and crews were doing cleanup within two hours after the call, he said.
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