Saturday, August 13, 2016

UPDATE: Spring Creek 2 Fire 20% contained

Helicopter working Spring Creek 2 Fire
Photo by GCSO
BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo - After attacking the fire from the air and ground, the Spring Creek 2 Fire is now 20 percent contained.

The wildfire that started Friday afternoon on private property in Garfield County, is now burning in Mesa County and BLM land, a total of 589 acres.

The wildfire is currently being fought with multiple air resources, engines, water tenders and hand crews.

Most of today's efforts were focused on the south end of the wildfire, the most active portion of the fire. All day air drops from multiple air resources where effective in slowing its forward progress.

Sunday, the air drops will continue and ground crews will work to build containment lines to keep the fire from nearby homes.

Fire retardant drop on Spring Creek 2 Fire
Photo by GCSO
A voluntary evacuation order was issued by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office for homes in the Housetop Mesa Estates Subdivision, and areas of Housetop Mountain Road and CR 306.

At 12:30 PM, the Spring Creek 2 Fire burning in unincorporated Mesa County near Battlement Mesa, exceeded 500 acres. This fire is expected to grow with hot and dry weather forecasted.

Residents in this area are asked to evacuate using Wallace Creek Road to County Road 300 toward Battlement Mesa and check in at the evacuation center located at the Grand Valley Fire Station, 124 Stone Quarry Road.

Evacuated residents in need of assistance can call the Red Cross at (970) 242-4851 and press option 1.

Latest Map of Spring Creek 2 Fire
There is no access except for emergency vehicles on County Road 306 between Spring Creek Road and Wallace Creek Road.

Multiple agencies are fighting this fire: Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Grand Valley Fire Protection District, DeBeque Fire District, Garfield County, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Mesa County, and Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

The Spring Creek 2 fire has burned no primary residences, but has burned several structures including 4 out buildings, 3 trailers, and 3 vehicles.

A number of power poles along County Road 306 were burned. Holy Cross Energy Company has restored power to all but one home in the area of Spring Creek Road and Wallace Creek Road.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.