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No containment in New Castle Fire

From staff and wire reports
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” A fire burning in the Canyon Creek area west of Glenwood Springs has forced the evacuation of an additional 60 homes in Canyon Creek Estates and has grown to an estimated 600 to 800 acres early Tuesday evening.

The fire is not contained.

To facilitate the evacuation, Highway 6 has been closed from the east end of County Road 240 at mile marker 107 to the Storm King trailhead. Traffic on Interstate 70 is not impacted.



A shelter has been established at Riverside Middle School in New Castle as the designated evacuation location. Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE), located at 2801 County Road 114, is available to accept small animals from the fire area.

At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the wind had picked up and a huge plume of smoke was visible in the sky above Glenwood Springs.



One firefighter has been injured but no homes were damaged, according to a report from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The injury was to the firefighter’s hand.

“A potential remains for additional evacuations of another 110 homes within the Canyon Creek subdivision. The fire is burning approximately a half-mile from the nearest structure,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis.

“It took off” when the wind picked up about 1 p.m., said Bureau of Land Management spokesman David Boyd, “which was not unexpected.”

A helicopter and five air tankers continued to drop water and slurry on the fire. Approximately 200 responders are on scene.

In all, 90 homes have been evacuated in the Canyon Creek area, Boyd said. Earlier in the day 200 homes in the area were under voluntary evacuation.

“Our big concern is keeping the fire from moving east,” Boyd said.

Highway 6, which had been closed between the Interstate 70 exits at Canyon Creek and New Castle, was open Tuesday.

The sheriff’s department has issued a fire ban on all county lands, effective immediately.

A second fire in a remote and rugged area near the town of Cameo, 180 miles west of Denver, had reached 1,000 acres by Tuesday morning but had not grown further by mid-afternoon, Lloyd said. Three aircraft and 75 ground crew members were on scene, but fire managers were giving a higher priority to the fire near New Castle because it was threatening homes, she said.

Containment of the larger fire was at 5 percent but managers expected to extend their lines farther around the flames on Tuesday.

“So far, so good,” Lloyd said. “They anticipate much more progress today.”

A third blaze was contained Monday night after charring 4 acres outside the town of Parachute.

Roughly 50 lightning strikes were reported across the parched western Colorado terrain on Sunday night and were blamed for causing the fires.

To view or submit fire photos taken by the community, visit http://www.postindependent.com/wildfires.

To view a live web cam of the fire, go to http://www.coloradowebcam.net.


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