Veteran firefighter Hugh Carson was the Air Operations Manager for the Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team on the Red Canyon Fire. Carson lives in Crawford, CO and has battled blazes around the West, including the 2012 High Park fire near Colorado Springs. Here he talks with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about why he's stayed with wildland firefighting for 45 years and some of the challenges facing 21st century firefighters in Colorado.
You can hear the full interview with Carson in our news archives.
As of 9 p.m. Tuesday night, a wildfire that erupted Monday afternoon about 2 miles up Red Canyon south of Glenwood Springs had been about 10 percent contained. The blaze is burning north and east from County Road 115 and has increased to about 350 acres. Due to increase in the fire, local fire districts decided to bring in a Type 2 Management Team which began operations Wednesday morning. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Bill Kight, public information officer for Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team A and has this update.
As of Thursday evening, the Red Canyon Fire had burned an estimated 390 acres and was 75 percent contained. There had been no fire growth Thursday, nor any injuries or structures lost. Evacuees from Lookout Mountain Road were allowed to return to their homes at 9 a.m. Friday, though the road will be open to residents only. Pre-evacuation orders were also be lifted Friday morning.
Residents with Holy Cross as their electric provider should expect to not have electricity until later Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh provided a live update on the fire with News Director Eric Skalac.
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