GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – The Red Canyon Fire has continued to grow slowly through the night and is currently estimated to be between 150-200 acres. The fire is not considered to be contained at this time. There is one Heavy and one SEAT providing air attack as well as approximately 60 men and women on the ground.
The terrain is steep with heavy fuels of juniper and pinyon pine. Additional ground resources will arrive this afternoon to continue ground efforts tomorrow in conjunction with the air support.
Small brush trucks, fire tenders and tanker trucks are on site. Travelers on Highway 82 need to be aware that additional cross traffic will occur at the Holy Cross Intersection (mile marker 3) as tankers refill from the available hydrants at Holy Cross Electric and travel to and from County Road 115.
No evacuations have been ordered at this time although pre-evacuation alerts have been issued to the Christeleit Subdivision and other residences in the area.
Large animals can be sheltered at the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Rifle, but the owners must transport them there and arrange for feed. No animal evacuations have been ordered at this time.