Palisade fire reaches 425 acres |

Palisade fire reaches 425 acres

A wildfire burning south of Palisade has reached 425 acres. According to the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management office, six engine crews and the Juniper Valley Type 2 crew from Rifle are fighting the fire on the ground. Air support includes two single-engine air tankers, one heavy air tanker and a Type 3 helicopter, which are working to prevent the fire from moving up the Grand Mesa.

The Roosevelt Hot Shots, based in Ft. Collins, are en route to the fire.

“Operations are going well, but it’s too early to say that we’ve got the upper hand on this thing,” said UCR West Fire Zone Management Officer Tim Foley.

The blaze is located south of Palisade near Horse Mountain, at the base of the western end of the Grand Mesa. The Mesa County Wildfire Team, the Palisade Volunteer Fire Department, the Central Orchard Mesa Fire District and the UCR are working to protect a number of homes about one-half mile south of the fire, as well as a high voltage power line in the vicinity.

None of these structures are in imminent danger, UCR said. Both the town of Palisade and Grand Junction’s watersheds are also located nearby.

The fire started on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and is burning in pinon, juniper and sagebrush. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Access to the area is restricted and the public is asked to avoid the area. No evacuation orders have been issued at this time.

Fuels are very dry at this time of year and the potential for wildfire remains. UCR reminds the public that using fireworks is prohibited on public lands throughout the year, and everyone should use caution when camping on this long holiday weekend.

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