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Fire ignites near subdivision south of Glenwood Springs

Post Independent
The fire as seen from above Oak Meadows subdivision.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A wildfire that erupted at the upper end of the Oak Meadows subdivision along Four Mile Road south of Glenwood Springs late Friday afternoon grew to about 40 acres and prompted some evacuations in the area.

The fire was first reported about 5:15 p.m. and crews arrived to find it burning in an area about 200 yards long and growing rapidly, Garfield County Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said.

By about 9 p.m., the fire had slowed for the night and the last air drop was being made, he said.

“A great deal of progress was made today,” Stowe said, adding that residents were allowed to return home at 10 p.m. once power to the area had been restored. Residents were advised to expect smoky conditions through Friday night and Saturday.

Seven hand crews were ordered to attack the fire Saturday morning along with more air support. Before sunset Friday, one large tanker plane and four single-engine air tankers worked the fire in addition to 50 fire personnel.

“It’s right on the ridge above Oak Meadows, and it’s a definite concern because I am a property owner up there,” said one resident, Daniel Pagni. “I’ve been mitigating for a good year because there’s a lot of fuel up here.”

A cause has not been determined, but a construction crew that was working on a water line in the area indicated the fire might have started at a transformer behind a residence on Aspen Way, at the far south end of Oak Meadows.

See more photos of the fire at PostIndependent.com.

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