Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UPDATE: Bucket Fire burns 5-7 acres near Gateway

Bucket Fire Monday
BLM Photo
UPDATE: Firefighters have made progress on the Bucket Fire on Sky Mesa Ranch near Gateway.

Fire crews have stopped the forward progression of the wildfire. The cabin near the fire is no longer threatened.

MCSO crews fighting the Bucket Fire
MCSO Photo
Full containment is anticipated by tomorrow, however strong winds are expected later this afternoon.

Engines and firefighters from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are still actively fighting the fire. BLM Smoke Jumpers are also on their way to help contain the wildfire.

Lightning is suspected as the cause of this wildfire.
Bucket Fire Monday night
MCSO Photo

Previous release 9/18/2017:

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Firefighters are working to contain the Bucket Fire burning near Gateway.

Smoke was first reported around 1:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Sky Mesa off John Brown Road.

The fire is about 5-7 acres in size and is currently threatening one cabin.

Several single engine air tankers (SEAT), and a mutual aid helicopter are dropping water and fire retardant on the wildfire. Fire crews from BLM, Gateway Fire Department, Lands Ends Fire Protection District and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office are also working to build a containment line around the fire.

It is burning on private land in a mix of ponderosa pine, sage, oakbrush and manzanita fuels.

If you have plans to recreate in the area, please stay away until the wildfire is fully contained.