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Wildfire 100 percent contained

Colleen O’Neil
coneil@postindependent.com
Flames lick toward a ridge south of Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Frank M. Donofrio / Contributed photo |

Firefighters on Sunday were able to completely contain a small wildfire south of Glenwood Springs.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 100 percent contained, said Pat Thrasher, a public information officer with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. Some smoke remained in the middle of the burn area, so the Juniper Valley Fire Crew and one federal engine from Rifle were still on the scene Sunday afternoon to squelch the remaining hot spots.

The 8-acre fire, which Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said may have been sparked by lightning, started at around 2 p.m. Friday in dry juniper and pinion pine on Bureau of Land Management land.

Tillotson said Saturday it had been controlled and might take a couple more days to fully snuff.

The fire up Red Canyon Road across Highway 82 from Holy Cross Energy headquarters was entirely on BLM ground but lies within the Glenwood Springs Fire District. The response included the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Protection District, Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, BLM, U.S. Forest Service and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

It was just southwest of the 2013 Red Canyon fire, which burned about 400 acres, but threatened no structures or anything of value. No one was hurt fighting the fire.


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