The Sewell Mesa Fire near Carbondale consumed 20 acres over Mountain Fair weekend before firefighters from Carbondale, Aspen, Basalt and Glenwood Springs were able to control and extinguish the blaze. The blaze started around 3:30 p.m on Friday, July 29th and was believed to have been caused by an awning that had blown into power lines. Firefighters on the ground were assisted by helicopter and air tanker water and slurry drops. As a precaution the nearby BRB Campground was evacuated and Highway 133 was closed while crews battled the blaze. No one was injured and no structures were lost.
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Carbondale Fire Chief, Ron Leach, Firefighter/EMTI, Dean Perkins and Deputy Chief, Rob Goodwin, with Pitkin County Emergency Manager, Valerie MacDonald.
Firefighting is a dirty job. Carbondale firefighter, Dave Munk.
Firefighters from a local correctional facility who helped fight the fire.