Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rosevale fire origin and cause determined

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Fire Marshal working with the Grand Junction Fire Department, has determined the origin and cause of the Rosevale Fire.

A person has come forward and claimed responsibility for starting the fire. Their account of what happened is consistent with eyewitness statements and evidence found at the origin of the fire.

The fire began at a property in Grand Junction city limits, on the 2500 block of D Road.  The person who claimed responsibility was trying to fix a flat tire on a riding lawnmower when tall grass ignited. The dry brush and winds quickly turned a spark into an out-of-control fire.

While neighbors called 911, the person responsible helped slow the progress of the fire until firefighters arrived.  The strong winds associated with Monday’s Red Flag warning pushed the fire rapidly to the east into the surrounding community forcing evacuations.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be referring the case to the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office to determine the appropriate charge. No arrests have been made at this time. The person's name will be released once charges are filed. 

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and videos of the early stages of the Rosevale fire. We are no longer seeking any more information from the public about the fire.

The case remains active and under investigation.