One acre burns in Westbank |

One acre burns in Westbank

A small wildfire smoked up the Westbank subdivision south of Glenwood Springs early Thursday morning.

The Carbondale Fire District called the Glenwood Fire Department at 1:30 a.m. to assist with the Westbank fire, Piper said.

Bill Gavette, deputy fire chief for Carbondale, said the fire covered about one acre, and was located just off Westbank Drive. The fire crept to within 75 feet of some homes on Westbank Mesa, but was slowed by irrigated lawns.

“It stopped at the edge of the yards,” Gavette said.

The fire burned through sage brush and native grasses, and the flames were about 10 feet high at the peak, Gavette said.

“We contained the fire pretty quickly,” Gavette said.

There were no injuries, or structural damage, and the cause hasn’t been determined.

Carbondale responded to the fire with five pieces of equipment and an ambulance, and Glenwood with two trucks.

Carbondale dispatched one engine and crew to fight California wildfires earlier this week, but the district was not short staffed for fighting the Westbank fire.

“We had plenty of staff,” Gavette said.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

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