Saturday, August 13, 2016

Voluntary evacuation orders issued for homes near Spring Creek 2 Fire

DC-10 Air Tanker dropping
fire retardant on Spring Creek 2 Fire
Photo by GCSO
BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo - 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, posing a risk to life and property.

Afternoon winds may push the fire near homes in the evacuation area.

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.

The Red Cross is available to assess needs of evacuated residents.
Latest Map of Spring Creek 2 Fire

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is going door-to-door to make residences aware of the evacuation notice. A reverse 911 notification also went out the approximately 2 dozen homes affected.

Multiple agencies are fighting this fire: Grand Valley Fire Protection District, DeBeque Fire District, Garfield County, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Land Management, Mesa County, 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.

Burn area of Spring Creek 2 Fire
Photo by GCSO
A number of power poles along County Road 306 were burned. Holy Cross Energy Company has restored power to homes in the area of Spring Creek Road and Wallace Creek Road.

The fire is currently being fought with multiple air resources, engines and water tenders.

The fire has burned 589 acres total, 205 of those acres are in Mesa County, 350 Garfield County and 34 on BLM land.