Multiple fires rage in area |

Multiple fires rage in area

The first day of summer was hot ” but for unappealing reasons.

Several fires broke out Wednesday, forcing fire personnel from multiple agencies to scramble in all different directions.

The blazes ranged from the Jolley Mesa Fire near New Castle to a fully engaged structure fire near Catherine Store on Highway 82.

Other fires included small blazes on Missouri Heights and Transfer Trail in Glenwood Springs, to larger fires on County Road 114 ” the road that goes to Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus ” and the Canyon Creek area just off of Interstate 70.

Alan and Margaret Collins witnessed the Canyon Creek fire.

“It literally started right there,” Alan Collins said, pointing. This is very suspicious, it’s kind of isolated.”

Two trucks from the Glenwood Springs Fire Protection District responded to the fire.

No other information about the fire was available at press time.

Diane Boat was watching the small, smoky blaze along Transfer Trail from above with a group of family and friends up Traver Trail Road in the Oasis Creek development.

Smoke filled the neighborhood as a Glenwood Springs fire truck arrived.

“I’m just happy we don’t have our landscaping done yet,” Boat said with a smile.

As smoke drifted up from the fire, Mick Bennett was methodically loading his truck with a few valuables at his home on Traver Trail.

“Just being cautious,” he said. “It’s better to be prepared, just in case.”

Fire has haunted him before.

Four years ago, when the Coal Seam Fire raged in West Glenwood, Bennett was rebuilding his home up Dry Hollow south of Silt after a fire had destroyed it.

Boat said when they saw the smoke, she and her daughter drove up Transfer Trail to observe the fire. That’s when they saw the flames.

“It looks like it started right beside the road,” she said.

Dispatch reported that the fire was out at approximately 9:50 p.m.

The fire put a quick end to their plans to attend the Summer of Jazz concert at Two Rivers Park, which could be heard faintly in the distance.

The Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District had a very busy first day of summer that started with the Missouri Heights fire on County Road 112 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

According to the press release from the department, the fire was started by a lightning strike and generally confined to a single tree. Fire Chief Ron Leach credited local construction workers and property owners for putting out the fire and keeping it from spreading.

“Those guys really helped out, that fire could have been bad,” said Doug Davis of the Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District.

The Carbondale department responded to the fire off the CMC road (County Road 114) around 6:30 p.m. The fire was dangerous, Davis said, because of a live power line that was on the ground. He said they weren’t sure if that’s how the fire started. The fire burned approximately one acre.

While fighting that fire, a multiple-car accident occurred at the Highway 82-County Road 114 intersection that also involved a pedestrian. The Carbondale fire department responded to the accident and transported three people to Valley View Hospital, according to Davis.

The names and conditions of the victims were not available at press time.

While attending to the accident, the Carbondale unit received a page of a “fully involved” structure fire at 17283 Highway 82 near Catherine Store.

The structure, which was unoccupied and a workshop of some kind, according to Davis, was completely destroyed.

The Basalt fire department responded with Carbondale to the blaze. Between the two units, a total of six fire engines were at the fire.

“I’m really proud of how this volunteer crew did today,” Davis said of the Carbondale department.

Another fire was also reported in the Beaver Creek area near Rulison.

Fire bans were recently implemented in Garfield and Pitkin counties.

Kara Pearson contributed to this story.

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