GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities in western Colorado say an illegal firework set off by a juvenile started a brush fire that briefly led to the evacuation of seven homes. The Daily Sentinel reports that the fire burned about 9 acres in Connected Lake State Park and adjoining neighborhoods northwest of Grand Junction along the Colorado River on Thursday afternoon. No structures were reported damaged.

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Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Dirk Clingman said the fire started in a draw behind one neighborhood.

A Bureau of Land Management helicopter dropped water on the fire and a sheriff’s boat was used to get to some of the remaining hot spots along the river. Some neighbors also used their garden hoses to try to stop the fire.

(credit: Mesa County)

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