Fire prompts evacuations near Parachute |

Fire prompts evacuations near Parachute

Smoke from a range fire rises Friday afternoon above Battlement Mesa.
Josh Carney / Post Independent |

Grand Valley Fire Protection District and other crews late Friday continued to battle a brush fire, which was estimated at more than 200 acres southwest of Parachute on Garfield County Road 306.

Training Chief Anthony Rowe of Grand Valley Fire expected firefighting to continue Saturday and could not estimate the level of the fire’s containment.

The fire started late Friday afternoon, and homes were evacuated in the Wallace Creek area southwest of Parachute. Just before 6 p.m. Operations Chief Robert Ferguson said all residences along County Road 306 had been evacuated.

As of 8 p.m., a couple of outbuildings had been burned. One unoccupied mobile home that was being stored was destroyed — though the fire on this property was stopped before it reached a home. No other structures have been affected, said Rowe.

The fire was burning through pinyon and juniper woodlands, sage brush and grass. Fire resources from Rifle, De Beque and Carbondale were on scene, plus a helicopter from the Bureau of Land Management. In addition to its helicopter assistance, BLM has contributed two single-engine air tankers to the fire fighting. Glenwood Springs fire has also contributed resources, on top of just about every other fire department in the county.

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