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Wildfire outside Carbondale contained; evacuated residents allowed to return home

The Red Canyon Fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the Spring Valley area.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — Fire crews were able to contain a wildfire that began burning Wednesday afternoon outside Carbondale and forced the evacuation of several neighborhoods.

The Red Canyon Fire burned 30-40 acres of land near Fisher Cemetery Road and County Road 115 in Spring Valley, according to the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District. It started around 4 p.m. on Wednesday and was fully contained shortly after 8 p.m.

Spring Valley is located about 8 miles north of Carbondale and about 9 miles south of Glenwood Springs. 

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When crews arrived, they said the fire – originally named Fisher Creek Fire – was already burning about 20 acres and was quickly growing and moving through the area. 

Residents who live in the following neighborhoods were evacuated:

  • South of County Road 115
  • North of County Road 113
  • West of County Road 121

Those residents were allowed to return home Wednesday night. 

The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District said an evacuation center was set up at Roaring Fork High School.

This is one of several large fires burning in Colorado. 

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The Grizzly Creek fire is burning nearby in Glenwood Canyon and has forced the closure of Interstate 70 for almost a week. 

That wildfire has burned about 28,000 acres so far and is 4% contained.

Some crews from the Grizzly Creek Fire responded to the Red Canyon Fire to help contain it quickly.

RELATED: 28,030-acre Grizzly Creek Fire now 4% contained, I-70 remains closed

The Pine Gulch Fire burning 18 miles north of Grand Junction is now the second-largest wildfire in Colorado history. 

The wildfire exploded to 125,100 acres due a weather event that moved through Tuesday night. It remained just 7% contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC). 

RELATED: Pine Gulch Fire is 2nd largest wildfire in Colorado history

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