“Those residents who were evacuated on the Red Canyon Fire will be allowed to return to their homes at 0900 tomorrow (August 16, 2013). If you have Holy Cross as your electric provider, there will not be any electricity until later in the afternoon. CR115 (Red Canyon Road) will remain locked and closed to traffic from the gate at the bottom near Highway 82 to CR119 (Kindall Road). The Lookout Mountain Road will be opened to residents only. All pre-evacuation notices are also lifted at 0900 tomorrow (August 16, 2013). Fire Facts: There has been no fire growth today and containment is 75%.”
… More than 200 firefighters remained on the fire Thursday but Kight said people will start being reassigned today. Kight said the firefighting cost probably is close to $1 million and could ultimately total $1.5 million.
At the request of firefighting officials, Holy Cross Energy cut power to a line near the fire for safety reasons. Holy Cross dispatcher Pam LaCount said that has left 23 homes without electricity, but many of those same homes had been evacuated. Fire officials said power to the homes wouldn’t be restored till later this afternoon.
Skybeam Internet service said the loss of power in that area had created the possibility of intermittent connectivity in areas such as Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Pitkin County and the surrounding area.
Kight asked for the public’s patience with the power outage until service can be restored.
He also called on people to be careful to try to avoid causing fires in the area.
“Garfield County has been drier than a lot of other places,” he said.
This week’s fire is suspected to have been caused by lightning.
For fire crews, working a blaze in Garfield County has its advantages. The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool this week said it’s granting free admission to its pool and showers for all firefighters on the Red Canyon Fire. The pool said on its Facebook page that the offer is “to thank them for all they are doing to keep us safe!”
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