Firefighters were battling a fast-growing blaze outside of Glenwood Springs on Monday night, after it spread from 3 acres to 150 acres in a matter of a few hours.
As of Monday at 8 p.m., the fire was zero percent contained, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. However, the fire laid down, according to an update by the sheriff’s office at 9:40 p.m. Plans were being made for the best approach to be taken today by firefighters.
A pre-evacuation alert was sent to residents in the area. No structures or injuries had been reported Monday evening.
A report came in around 1 p.m. of a wildfire that sent crews from The Glenwood Springs Fire Department and Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District to the Spring Valley area.
A 3-acre fire was found burning in the pinion and juniper near the Crystal Light subdivision about 2.5 miles from Highway 82. The fire consumed about 150 acres by 7:30 p.m., after 45-mph winds swept through the area. At last report, the fire was moving west.
A Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) dropped two loads of slurry on the fire before dark. Glenwood Springs Fire Department had crews patrolling the area overnight. Flames were visible on the rim of the cliffs above Glenwood Springs, and smoke from the fire was visible from Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
County Road 115 was closed at Highway 82, and also at the intersection of county roads 115 and 119.
The Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Rifle Interagency, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and Garfield County Road and Bridge also responded to this fire.
A shelter has been set up at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle for people to evacuate their animals from the Red Canyon area. People need to bring their own food and other items while at the fairgrounds.