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Lightning Investigated In Red Canyon Fire

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Additional firefighters were requested to fight the Red Canyon Fire burning in Garfield County on Friday evening. Crews investigated whether lightning may have sparked the fire.

The fire had burned about 7 acres by 6:25 p.m. Friday in juniper and pine on BLM land. No structures were threatened.

Additional firefighters were expected to arrive Friday evening to monitor the fire through the night. Many of the local resources that had been battling the blaze were allowed to return home to rest in case they were needed on Saturday.

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A helicopter made drops on the Red Canyon Fire burning in Garfield County (credit: Garfield County Sheriff)

Crews also fought the fire by air with a helicopter from Grand Junction that made water drops about every eight minutes.

Crews from Glenwood Fire, Colorado River Fire Protection District, Carbondale Fire District, BLM U.S. Forest Service and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office all assisted in fighting the fire.

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