Glenwood-area fire reaches 150 acres

A wind-drive wildfire grew to 150 acres early this evening in rural terrain outside Glenwood Springs, putting up a plume of smoke visible throughout the surrounding region.

The fire remained 0 percent contained as of dusk, although it was reportedly easing with calming winds by then.

The fire erupted around 1 p.m. just off Red Canyon Road, or County Road 115, about 2.5 miles from Colorado Highway 82. It initially was burning in piñon-juniper forest near a subdivision where residents were put on pre-evacuation notice, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Later today it made a run up Lookout Mountain, toward communications facilities but not homes. However, flames on the eastern ridge above Glenwood Springs were visible from town.
Smoke from the blaze could be seen from the Silt-Rifle area and from far up the Roaring Fork Valley.

No structures had been lost as of this evening and no injuries were reported. There was no initial indication as to the fire’s cause.

Narrow, rugged Red Canyon Road was closed between Highway 82 and County Road 119.

A single-engine air tanker made two slurry drops on the fire before dark.

Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt and Colorado River Fire Rescue (New Castle to Rifle) crews also were fighting the fire, as were federal interagency crews from Rifle. Glenwood crews planned to patrol the area overnight.


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