Wildfire Grows, Claims Structures And Prompts Evacuations

PARACHUTE, Colo. (CBS4) – The Spring Creek Wildfire burning in Garfield and Mesa counties has claimed several structures and prompted voluntary evacuations.

(credit: Garfield County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the fire is burning between Spring Creek and Wallace Creek south of Parachute.

“A voluntary evacuation order was issued by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for homes in the Housetop Mesa Estates Subdivision, and areas of Housetop Mountain Road and CR 306,” authorities said in a statement.

As of Saturday afternoon the fire was estimated at approximately 500 acres and is expected to grow. Officials say it’s “posing a risk to life and property.”

(credit: Garfield County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office)

“One structure was lost in the first 45 minutes and evacuations were ordered of the residences along Wallace Creek,” the sheriff’s office said on Friday.

On Saturday the sheriff’s office said the “fire has burned no primary residences, but has burned several structures, including four out buildings, three trailers and three vehicles.”

“A helicopter has been currently making regular drops. Two single engine air tankers and one heavy tanker have made retardant drops so far.”

Wildfire Resources

– Visit CBSDenver.com’s Living With Wildfire section.

Wildfire Photo Galleries

– See images from the most destructive wildfires (Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, High Park and Fourmile) and largest wildfire (Hayman) in Colorado history.

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