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Spring Creek, Coal Seam quiet, Mitchell Creek evacuated again

The Spring Creek Fire north of New Castle has not burned past its perimeter, leaving the size at 7900 acres. Containment has increased to 41 percent with dozers and hand crews working on the north side of the fire.

A burnout on the southeast side of the fire Friday was successful, despite being hampered by the weather.

There are currently 425 personnel assigned to the fire, and the cost is $2.94 million to date.

The Coal Seam Fire is 90 percent contained. There are 18 firefighters working the fire.

Also related to the Coal Seam Fire, residents up Mitchell Creek in West Glenwood were evacuated for the second time in three days Saturday afternoon, after the U.S. Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the area, said Garfield County Sheriff Tom Dalessandri.

The evacuation noticed was issued at about 4 p.m., and residents were allowed to return to their homes an hour later.

Dalessandri said it rained in West Glenwood “pretty hard for a few minutes” but not enough to flood Mitchell Creek. Spotting crews monitored the water clarity in Mitchell Creek before and after the shower.

“We should see ash and discoloration before the water rises,” Dalessandri said. “That’s one of the first indicators.”

There are about 200 homes in the evacuated area. Bill Kight, a public information officer on the Coal Seam Fire management team, said residents took the evacuation well.

“They say it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Kight said. “They understand.”

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