MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Firefighters are working on a new wildland fire burning near Palisade. The 45 Fire is burning in the Rapid Creek area near the western Colorado town. 45 Fire Burning Near Palisade Destroys One Home, Forces Evacuations
READ MORE: Colorado Parks And Wildlife Records Ice On Steamboat Lake Making Eerie, Star Wars-Like Sounds
The wildfire was first reported Thursday evening around 5 p.m. near Interstate 70 and Mile Marker 45. It quickly spread to the Rapid Creek area, fueled by wind and dry vegetation. As of midday Friday, it had burned 16 acres.
Roughly 20 homes were evacuated.
Both I-70 and U.S. 6 were closed for several hours, but both have since reopened.READ MORE: NFL Week 13 AFC East Preview: CBS Boston's Levan Reid Calls AFC East Title Fight A Battle Of 'Big Brother Vs Little Brother'
So far, one home, four sheds and several power poles were burned. Several other buildings were damaged. Xcel Energy is working on restoring service to everyone affected.
So far, no one has been hurt.
Crews from the Palisade Fire Department, Clifton Fire Protection District, De Beque Fire Protection District, Lands end Fire Protection District, East Orchard Mesa Fire Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Xcel Energy, Rifle Aircaft, and the Bureau of Land Management are all on scene.MORE NEWS: SportsLine Week 13 AFC West Picks: 'Denver Designed Well To Stop What Kansas City Does,' Says Larry Hartstein
At this time, the evacuation zone is still only open to local residents. One adult and their dog was displaced.