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Slurry bombers planned

Heather McGregor

Slurry bombers were expected to pound the perimeter of Glenwood Springs this morning in an effort to stop the disastrous wildfire that swept into the city Saturday.

A final plan was to be prepared in a midnight meeting of top-level firefighters and city and county officials, said Garfield County Sheriff’s spokesman Ron VanMeter.

Overnight, firefighters planned to make a line of defense along Mitchell Creek in West Glenwood, on Wulfsohn Ranch, and on Red Mountain in defense of the city’s water treatment plant.

Hundreds of firefighters were expected to arrive in the city by Sunday morning, including a federal Type 1 fire management team trained in handling the worst wildfire situations.

“The plan is to start at 7 a.m. with air drops,” VanMeter said. “The hope is that in that window of four hours or so, we can pound it as hard as we can.”

High winds were expected again Sunday, and the National Weather Service issued a second red flag warning through 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Firefighters have poured into the area from surrounding counties, and more are expected to arrive today.


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