Fire near Parachute 70 percent contained

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

The Spring Creek 2 Fire south of Battlement Mesa held at 621 acres four days after the fire broke out on private property in Garfield County Friday.

Two days of favorable conditions aided firefighters in their efforts and the fire was at 70 percent containment Monday, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

Over the weekend the fire spread rapidly into Mesa County and homes were evacuated. The fire just missed homes in its path, although four out-buildings, three trailers and three cars were destroyed. By Sunday the fire had grown to 621 acres.

The evacuations were lifted Sunday evening and crews were able to keep the fire at that size for 36 hours, according to BLM. No new structures were threatened as of Monday evening.

County Road 306 between Spring Creek and Wallace Creed roads remains restricted to residents and emergency vehicles only.

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