Red Canyon Fire

Red Canyon Fire
5:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Red Canyon Firefighting Costs Top $1 Million

In August, firefighters set up tents in a field in Carbondale so they could fight the Red Canyon Fire.
Marci Krivonen

Once again, this summer, the Western United States saw plenty of forest fires. Many of them, like California’s Rim Fire, continue to burn. When the flames are extinguished, the dollar signs emerge. States handle fire suppression costs differently. In Colorado, it depends on what kind of land is burning and how big the blaze is.

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The Valley
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Red Canyon Fire Exposes Depression-Era Outhouse

A Depression-era outhouse still stands outside Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire came close to the structure, so fire crews protected it.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The fire that burned through 400 acres southeast of Glenwood Springs last week is is now fully contained. Many of the firefighters were reassigned over the weekend. The focus now is monitoring hot spots and maintaining a fire line containing the blaze.

As crews fought the flames they found a surprise beyond the big smoke plumes. An archaeological site above Glenwood Springs was literally unveiled by the fire. As crews hacked away at brush they found a depression-era campground built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Wildfire
9:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Red Canyon Wildfire Sparks South of Glenwood Springs

The Red Canyon Fire near Glenwood Springs is 100% contained. The blackened ground can be seen here, with vehicle tracks criss-crossing the area.
Marci Krivonen

UDATE: August 16th, 2013 - 9:00pm

The fire is 100% contained and management of the blaze will be returned to local agencies early tomorrow morning. The evacuation order for residents who live on the backside of Lookout Mountain, has been lifted. Over the weekend, crews will continue to monitor for hot spots and rehab fire lines. Red Canyon Road (County Road 115) remains closed to traffic. Two minor injuries were reported on the fire today. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and another individual received stitches on a cut. The cost of fighting the fire is over $1 million.

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Red Canyon Fire
8:15 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Helicopters a Big Help in Red Canyon Fire Attack

One of two helicopters involved in fighting the Red Canyon Fire arrives at the Carbondale Fire House to refuel.
Credit Facebook/Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District

The Red Canyon Fire burning southeast of Glenwood Springs didn’t see any growth yesterday. Favorable weather and more resources allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far, about 390 acres have burned in the rugged area, three miles outside of Glenwood Springs. As of yesterday evening, nearly 30 percent of the fire had been contained.

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Wildlife
7:49 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Drought, Forest Overgrowth Contributors to Red Canyon Fire

Hank Van Berlo points to where the Red Canyon Fire is burning across from the firefighters' "safe zone."
Marci Krivonen

Strong winds yesterday, whipped up flames on a wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire grew to 350 acres and mandatory evacuations forced 15 families from their homes. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, in a Pinyon/Juniper forest. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen was with firefighters when the blaze blew up and started creeping toward them. She filed this report.

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