Red Canyon fire grows to 350 acres; evacuations ordered

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — Evacuation notices were issued Tuesday as a wind-driven wildfire burning near Glenwood Springs kept growing. It was estimated at 350 acres Tuesday night with 10 percent containment.

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 Carbondale Fire Department said evacuation notices have been issued for residents in Lookout Mountain area, north of County Road 115 and east of the fire, and north to I-70.  Pre-evacuation alerts were also sent to residents in the Christeleit Subdivision.

An evacuation shelter has been opened at Carbondale High School.

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.

Fire crews were concerned that winds would pick up Tuesday afternoon along the rough terrain where the fire is burning. Extra precautions were being taken to ensure the safety of firefighters and the public.

A large animal shelter has been set up at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Rifle, however no animal evacuations have been ordered at this time.

Drivers on Highway 82 should expect additional cross traffic at the Holy Cross Intersection (mm 3) as tankers refill from hydrants, according to deputies.