Fire comes ‘really close’ to houses but is fought off |

Fire comes ‘really close’ to houses but is fought off

The Spring Creek 2 Fire burned more than 600 acres by Sunday.
Courtesy of Lynn Shore |

The Spring Creek 2 Fire south of Battlement Mesa stretching into Mesa County slowed its advance Sunday after “it came really close to some houses,” a Bureau of Land Management spokesman said.

Evacuation orders in Mesa County were to be lifted at 8 p.m. Sunday. Access to County Road 306 between Spring Creek and Wallace Creek roads will be restricted to residents and emergency vehicle traffic.

The fire was 40 percent contained by Sunday evening after burning 621 acres, Chris Joyner of the BLM said in a news release.

The wildfire that started Friday afternoon on private property was fought with multiple air resources, engines, water tenders and hand crews.

“It’s a lot better today,” Joyner said Sunday afternoon.

Most of Saturday’s efforts were focused on the south end of the wildfire, the most active portion of the blaze as it spread into Mesa County and prompted the voluntary evacuation notice for homes in the Housetop Mesa Estates Subdivision, and areas of Housetop Mountain Road and CR 306.

Joyner said homeowners in the area had “increased defensible spaces” between their houses and the pinyon and juniper.

“It’s really critical, and these homeowners took responsible actions,” Joyner said.

The fire destroyed four outbuildings, three trailers and three vehicles, but no primary residences. No one had been injured and the cause was unknown.

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