Extra support called in to tackle Oak Meadows Fire near Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
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 the fire burning in an area about 200 yards long, and growing rapidly, Garfield County Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe.
By about 9 p.m., the fire had slowed down for the night and the last air drop was being made, he said.
“A great deal of progress was made today,” Stowe said, adding 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 the night and Saturday.
Seven hand crews were ordered in to attack the fire Saturday morning, along with more air support. Friday before sunset, there was one large tanker plane and four single-engine air tankers working 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 and it’s nothing we can do.”
A cause has not been determined, but a construction crew that was working on a water line in the area indicated it may have started at a transformer behind a residence on Aspen Way, at the far south end of Oak Meadows.
With many lingering questions still surrounding the fate of Aspen’s historic Old Powerhouse, City Council decided during Monday’s work session to hold off on providing staff direction on moving the preservation project forward until more information can be presented.