Rains douse fire, drown roads
Mother Nature rained down a blessing and a curse on Glenwood Springs Tuesday. Rain, lots of it, fell on the Cascade Fire above No Name all night and just about drowned it out. But the rain also brought a huge load of mud onto Highway 82 during evening rush hour.Tons of red mud flowed down gullies onto the highway about 6 p.m., said Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance senior foreman D’Wayne Gaymon. “The crew was heading home and they saw it,” he said.They worked until “12:30 or 1 a.m.,” Gaymon said, to clear the mud and rock from a number of smaller flows between the light at County Road 154 and the Colorado Mountain College turnoff at County Road 114, he said.The mud obstructed one lane of traffic northbound, and one lane stayed open. Gaymon estimated the flow was about three feet at its deepest at the CMC turnoff.”It was rush hour and traffic was backed up,” Gaymon said.A road just north of the CMC turnoff that leads to a number of houses was also blocked. Crews were still at work Wednesday clearing four or five separate flows that crossed that road as well as cleaning out the highway ditches, Gaymon said.What was a headache for commuters on Highway 82 was a blessing for the firefighters on the Cascade 2 Fire above No Name. The rain fell steadily on the fire, said spokesperson Renee Brousseau.Wednesday morning the fire was 90 percent contained. Forty firefighters and a single-engine air tanker continued to be assigned to the fire.Smoke was still visible on portions of the fire and crews continued to work on hot spots in large tree stumps and other areas.The bike and pedestrian path in Glenwood Canyon along Interstate 70 between the Vapor Caves and No Name remains closed due to the danger from falling rock, Brousseau said. One westbound lane of I-70 also remains closed.”Even though fire activity is low, there are still rocks and debris rolling down the hillside, which has always been an issue in this location,” Brousseau said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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