Several fires break out in Garfield County |

Several fires break out in Garfield County

Phillip Yates
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Fire crews responded to several fires in western Garfield County Tuesday as they also assisted efforts to battle a large fire in Carbondale.

Mike Morgan, fire chief of the Rifle Fire Protection District (RFPD), said his crews responded to one fire on Colorado Highway 325 north of Rifle and another fire on County Road 233 on Silt Mesa. Both fires were under control about 4 p.m. Tuesday, and no injuries were reported, he said.

The fire on County Road 233 threatened structures at one point, Morgan said. Three engines from the RFPD assisted with the fire near Carbondale.

Twenty-one people with the RFPD were working on fires Tuesday, Morgan said.

Fast winds and dry conditions have caused several fires across the area.

“Everybody in the county is getting beat up,” Morgan said.

Brit McClin, fire chief of the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, said his agency fought two minor fires on Tuesday.

One was a tree fire in the Elk Run subdivision about one mile north of New Castle across County Road 245. That fire was suppressed with “substantial help” from residents and was out late Tuesday, McClin said.

The other fire was an agricultural burn from Saturday that rekindled because of high winds on Tuesday. It burned about one mile south of the Elk Run fire and was under control with one unit on scene late Tuesday, McClin said. He added that the landowner where the blaze occurred also did a “fine job” in assisting firefighters in battling the fire.

The Burning Mountains Fire Protection District sent one engine and a water tank to assist with the Carbondale fire as it fought the two fires near New Castle.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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