Glenwood-area fire fully contained
A wildfire near Glenwood Springs has been fully contained and a federal incident management team plans to turn it back over to local firefighting agencies Saturday.
The weather at the 390-acre Red Canyon Fire was hot and sunny with some wind today.
“But everything held and that’s what counts,” said fire spokesman Bill Kight.
The fire broke out Monday afternoon off the rugged Red Canyon Road and made disconcerting runs first toward Glenwood Springs on Monday, and on Tuesday toward rural homes on Lookout Mountain. About 15-20 homes in the Lookout Mountain area were evacuated Tuesday but the evacuation order was lifted this morning.
Kight said electricity also was restored today to a power line running in the area of the fire. Holy Cross Energy had cut power to the line due to firefighting safety concerns, which suspended service to homes mostly in the area that had been evacuated. The power outage also resulted in intermittent Skybeam Internet service outages in places including Glenwood Springs and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley.
The fire’s suspected cause is lightning. The cost to fight it was just over $1 million.