Just when you thought we’d made it through another wildfire season …
Red Canyon fire grows to 350 acres; evacuations ordered
The Red Canyon fire in Garfield County continues to spread and was threatening 20 primary structures as of 7:30 p.m.
The fire is 10 percent contained, according to fire department officials.
Evacuations were ordered around 4 p.m. for residents in the Lookout Mountain area, North of County Road 115, east of the fire and north to Interstate 70, according to fire department officials.
Evacuees will be sent to Carbondale High School with animals going to the Garfield County Fairgrounds, according to authorities.
The fire, which started Monday afternoon, has burned 350 acres just off County Road 115 about 2.5 miles from Colorado 82, south of Glenwood Springs, said Walt Stowe, spokesman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire spread quickly Monday because of high winds, but slowed in the evening through Tuesday, Stowe said.
Pre-evacuation alerts were issued to the Christeleit subdivision and other residences in the area, according to authorities …
… The fire located off County Road 115, about 2.5 miles from Highway 82, started burning early Monday afternoon, and had quickly grown to 150 acres by Monday night …
… The Red Cross has also established an evacuation center at Roaring Fork High School located at 2270 Highway 133 …
… Three single engine air tankers and one heavy air tanker were provided to drop fire retardant between the fire and the city of Glenwood Springs. There are currently 60 people working the fire from the ground, and additional resources have been ordered…
… Incident Commander Ross Wilmore, a federal fire management employee with the U.S. Forest Service, said Tuesday evening that the fire “is about 10 percent contained down at the southern end.”
But the northern end, along the eastern side of the base of Lookout Mountain, was not contained at all at that point, Wilmore told the Post Independent.
He said that at approximately 4 p.m. the fire “took a little push to the north and to the east” from gusting winds, and ended up moving into a stream drainage and then onto a relatively flat area below Lookout Mountain Road, where fire crews had better access and were able to attack the blaze and knock it down a bit.
Speaking to a reporter by cell phone at about 7:30 p.m., Wilmore was headed back up to the fire zone following a quick meal at the Carbondale fire station. He said he expects to be on duty until he turns the fire over to a Type II management team from the BLM at 6 a.m …
There are no well pads in the Red Canyon fire zone or evacuation zone.
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Latest news: The Rocky Mountain IMT Team A will be assuming command of the RedCanyonFire at 6:00 am tomorrow, August 14, 2013 after which time regular tweets will occur.