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Mountain Shadows Fire in West Glenwood handled

Photo courtesy of Mike Lemmer

September 24
Evacuation orders were lifted yesterday evening, and crews measure the fire at a stable 4.5 acres. Mop-up operations have gone on throughout today. Thanks to quick actions by the agencies involved and air resources, the fire's suppression has been successful. None of the 30 crew members or any residents were injured.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Garfield County Fire Investigation Team and the Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

September 23
Early this afternoon a brush fire producing heavy smoke that broke out in West Glenwood caused an evacuation for residents of the Mountain Shadows and Ponderosa neighborhood and pre-evacuation in areas north of Donegan Road. Community members were advised by the Garfield County Sheriff's Department to bring family members and their animals to the Glenwood Springs Mall. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department is addressing the blaze, which has open flames threatening structures in the area. As of 4:45, the fire is at 4.5 acres and a Type 1 Chinook helicopter has been helping to manage the flames by dropping water.

GWS Fire is currently focused on securing lines closest to homes as a priority. As of right now, there is no number on containment and the cause is under investigation.

Evacuation orders are expected to be lifted soon, with updates coming through the Garfield County Sheriff's Department.
Updates to containment and cause will be posted on the Glenwood Springs Fire Department Facebook Page.

Agencies currently involved in quelling the blaze are:
Colorado River Fire Rescue
Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District
Garfield County Sheriff's Department
Colorado State Patrol
Glenwood Springs Police Department
Glenwood Springs Electric Department
Upper Colorado River Fire Management

Hattison Rensberry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Drawing, but has worked for newsrooms in various capacities since 2019.
She also provides Editorial Design for the Sopris Sun.