Firefighters on Friday reported 100 percent containment of the Red Canyon Fire 3 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs, which charred nearly 400 acres.
Lookout Mountain Road remained open only to residents Friday, and County Road 115 was closed from Highway 82 to County Road 119. Evacuation orders issued to about 20 properties in the area were lifted Friday morning.
Operations on the fire will continue with the objective of locating hotspots and rehabilitation of firelines. Resources on the Red Canyon Fire today will include two 20 person handcrews, four engines, and two water tenders to provide water for the engines. With the containment of the fire, aircraft have been reassigned to other incidents.
Two minor injuries were reported on the fire Friday. One individual received a cut that required stitches; another fire-fighter was treated for heat exhaustion and subsequently returned to the fireline.
“The entire team wishes to express our gratitude to the communities of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs for the many expressions of appreciation offered the team,” a press release says. “We wish to extend our thanks to our many cooperators, local fire staffs, law enforcement, the Roaring Fork School District, and agency representatives that provided support to the team during the Red Canyon Fire.”
The fire broke out on Monday and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation is tweaking its Writer in Residence program, changing the visit from a year-long stay to bring in a new author each month.
“A month-long residency strikes the right balance: It’s a feasible commitment for writers who have families and day jobs, but still provides meaningful time to accomplish serious work,” Writers’ Foundation creative director Adrienne Brodeur said in a press release.
The program now includes a “Catch & Release” community reading initiative, which gives away free books to familiarize readers with the visiting author.
The current writer in residence is Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You and Sing Them Home. She will appear at the Woody Creek Community Center on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m., to discuss her latest work.
Through a housing donation made by the Catto Charitable Foundation, resident authors are housed on private property in Woody Creek. While the residency program was established to give authors the space and time to write, writers will also make special visits to valley schools and attend AWF member functions.