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Pricetag for 7-acre fire near Glenwood Springs tops $80,000

Jul 21, 2015

A wildfire caused by lightning near Glenwood Springs cost between $80,000 and $100,000 to fight. It’s now fully controlled.

The Red Canyon Fire started Friday afternoon in dry juniper, pinyon and sagebrush. It burned seven acres on BLM land about three miles southeast of Glenwood. David Boyd with the BLM says two helicopters and between 50 and 60 firefighters worked it.

"When you have a fire this close to the community, you want to keep it small. One reason it stayed small was because we had so many people who could respond to it."

Local and federal agencies fought the blaze. The helicopters were the largest expense. The BLM will pick up the tab because it burned on their land.