Fire still smoldering in Glenwood Canyon
September 27, 2005
A 30-acre wildfire above No Name continued to burn Tuesday and remained 80 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m.”We did get some rain up here, so that will help,” said fire spokeswoman Renee Brousseau. “There is a lot of lightning, too, so hopefully the rain helped us.”The Cascade 2 Fire is burning in the Cascade Creek drainage, which runs north to south and enters the Colorado River just west of the No Name Tunnels. The aim was to keep the fire within the drainage.The fire started about 100 yards off the bike and pedestrian path on the west side of the No Name Tunnels around 9:30 a.m. Monday and quickly traveled uphill in the area of the Cascade 1 Fire that burned approximately 15 acres in the same area in 2000.A helicopter continued to dip its bucket into the Colorado River and drop water on the fire Tuesday.According to Brousseau, 70 firefighters, including the Roosevelt Hot Shots from Fort Collins and the Juniper Valley crew from the Rifle Correctional Center, were on the ground, along with members of the Burning Mountains, Carbondale, Eagle, Gypsum and Glenwood Springs fire departments, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and a crew from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management center. Brousseau said the number of personnel would be reduced to about 40 today.Brousseau said the fire settled down overnight with a drop in temperature.”There was not much activity through the night,” she said.The greatest concern Tuesday was the danger of falling rock on burned slopes above Interstate 70.The bike path between No Name and the vapor caves remains closed, as does the right-hand, westbound lane of I-70.”There are some really large boulders falling down on the bike path,” Brousseau said.After a voluntary evacuation Monday, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park reopened Tuesday. The fire came within a half-mile of the park Monday, she said.The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation by the city of Glenwood Springs and the Upper Colorado agency. Rumors were rampant Tuesday, with speculation about the cause of the fire ranging from sparks from nearby electric lines to a controlled burn getting out of hand, to being set accidentally by one of the homeless people who live in a nearby cave.”We’re not ruling anything out right now,” Brousseau said.Fire officials remain concerned with smoke settling into Glenwood Springs, No Name and along I-70 and urge drivers to exercise extreme caution.