Red Canyon Fire continues to burn near Glenwood Springs

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Red Canyon Fire. Photo by Matt Hobbs, Vital Films. August 12, 2013

Red Canyon Fire. Photo by Matt Hobbs, Vital Films. August 12, 2013

DENVER — The Red Canyon Fire continues to burn near Glenwood Springs but firefighters have managed to stop its growth.

The fire is about 390 acres in size. The increase is a result of better mapping and not fire growth. It was 27 percent contained Wednesday night.

It is burning about 3 miles south of Glenwood Springs and is believed to have been started by lightning, according to the fire information website InciWeb.

About 150 firefighters battled the blaze Wednesday, reported the Post Independent.

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

An evacuation shelter has been opened at Carbondale High School.

Firefighters said the fire has been erratic since it started Monday. Periodic wind gusts pushed the fire as storms moved over the area Tuesday.

Several aircraft are helping firefighters build a containment line around the fire including single-engine air tankers and helicopters.

Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson told the Post Independent the fire was headed east and north toward Glenwood Canyon. He cautioned however, it could shift direction and head back toward Glenwood.