Firefighters able to contain blaze near Carbondale |

Firefighters able to contain blaze near Carbondale

A helicopter battles Friday's fire near Carbondale.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent | Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Firefighters are expected to spend today finishing off a 20-acre brush fire south of Carbondale.

Officials announced Saturday evening that the fire was fully contained and that firefighters were in the mop-up stage.

A hand crew is expected to work through the day to fully extinguish the fire, which is in Pitkin County.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Friday and grew to 20 acres, which forced temporary evacuations of nearby homes and a campground.

It held at that size overnight and all evacuations were lifted by Saturday morning.

The blaze also closed the southbound lane of Colorado 133 about 4 miles south of Carbondale between the BRB Campground and Red Dog Road.

The southbound lane will be closed today between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Colorado Department of Transportation will allow alternating traffic in the northbound lane during that time. ~

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