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Fire Crews Continue To Battle Blaze in Horsethief Canyon

Fruita, CO - Several fire departments continue to battle a blaze in the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area.

Authorities believe the fire, which is not threatening any homes or structures, was started by a campfire.

Below is the latest news release on the fire from the Mesa County Sheriff's Office:

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Mesa County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a wildfire burning south of I-70 and north of the Colorado River near mile marker 18 around 7:00 pm Wednesday. The fire is burning in an area known as Skipper Island in the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area. 

Skipper Island Fire has burned 12 acres and is 0% contained.

Initial response included Lower Valley Fire Protection District, the Mesa County Sheriff Wildland Team and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Firefighters were pulled from the fire at 11:00 pm due to unsafe conditions caused by darkness. 

Fire crews are continuing to suppress the wildfire today. The fire is very difficult to access burning in thick brush, tamarisk and trees. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning from noon to 9:00pm tonight. 

The agencies working the Skipper Island Fire Thursday include the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Team, Lower Valley Fire District, BLM, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Grand Junction Fire Department. 

No homes or structures are threatened by the fire. 

The fire is believed to have been caused by a campfire.


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