Carbondale: Wildfire 70 percent contained |

Carbondale: Wildfire 70 percent contained

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” A wildfire that threatened as many as 300 homes outside of Carbondale on Tuesday is 70 percent contained, officials said Wednesday.

Authorities anticipate lifting the evacuation orders that remain in effect by 3 p.m., except for residents of the Roaring Fork Preserve and Mayfly Bend subdivisions, accessed off County Road 100, also known as Catherine Store Road.

Highway 82, reduced to one lane in each direction in the vicinity of the wildfire ” a stretch from downvalley of the Catherine Store to just upvalley of the Ranch at Roaring Fork subdivision ” should be completely reopened sometime Wednesday afternoon, officials said at a press briefing.

Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach estimated 300 homes were threatened on Tuesday when a wildfire, whipped up by strong winds, spread from near Country Road 100, about 1.2 miles east of Carbondale, across the Roaring Fork River and toward Ranch at Roaring Fork, ultimately jumping the highway and spreading toward Missouri Heights.

Leach estimated 150 to 200 residents were evacuated from their homes; others, who weren’t at home when the fire began, shortly after noon, weren’t able to return to their residences.

A fire investigator was on the scene Wednesday, examining the area where officials believe the blaze started, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. No conclusions have yet been reached as to the cause of the brush fire, which scorched an estimated 1,000 acres in semi-rural area of unincorporated Garfield County.

Four buildings were ignited, but saved by firefighters. One angler, fishing in the Roaring Fork River, was injured in the fire.

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