Top stories of 2007: New Castle Fire burns 1,240 acres |

Top stories of 2007: New Castle Fire burns 1,240 acres

John Gardner Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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NEW CASTLE – Another year of wildfires came and went, threatening homes and burning acres of wildland throughout Garfield County in 2007. The largest of the five fires reported in the Post Independent was the New Castle Fire, which burned 1,240 acres near the Canyon Creek Subdivision off Interstate 70. The fire came extremely close to several homes in the area, but thanks to fire crews no structures or lives were lost.Still, approximately 90 residences were evacuated over the four days the fire burned, and about 200 homes were threatened including the home of Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario.

The biggest residential destruction came after the fire when spring rain storms caused massive mudslides bringing debris down the burned hillsides into residents’ yards along Canyon Creek Road.Just a couple of days before the New Castle Fire, another broke out near Parachute. The fires were triggered by about 50 lighting strikes from a storm that moved through the region one evening. The Cottonwood Creek Fire was of most concern, burning close to gas wells in the area, but only about five acres burned.

Overall, Garfield County had five wildfires that burned around 1,600 total acres.

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