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Wildfire burning south of Glenwood Springs now 40 acres in size

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 16:07:09-04

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – Approximately 60 homes were evacuated south of Glenwood Springs for several hours Friday evening as a wildfire in the Oak Meadows subdivision burned in the area. 

The Aspen Way Fire was reported at about 7:05 p.m. about five miles west of Carbondale by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office along Four Mile Creek.

The fire had burned 40 acres of land as of early Saturday morning, a deputy with the sheriff’s office said in a post shared to Facebook.

A type 1 helicopter was sent to help in firefighting efforts, the sheriff’s office spokesperson said. Four single engine air tankers and one large air tanker were also sent to assist crews on the ground.

Residents were allowed to return home at 10 p.m. once power to the area had been restored, fire officials said in their latest update. 

More than 100 firefighters attacked the blaze from the air and ground. More air resources will being operations to fight the fire Saturday at around 8:30 a.m. 

No structures have been lost due to the blaze, the spokesperson said. Although no evacuations are planned, residents are cautioned to be prepared as an evacuation could happen at any time if fire conditions change.  

The cause of the fire has not been determined.