MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Very dry and windy conditions have been in place since this past Friday, and according to the National Weather Service, there was thunder late Friday afternoon and possible lightning strikes, promoting fires Friday evening.
As of Sunday night, local Bureau of Land Management officials report the Hunter fire, The Little Book Cliffs fire, and the Seiber fire has received over an inch of rain within 24 hours. The rain has significantly slowed the fires.
About 70 firefighters are working the Sieber fire, which is 70 percent contained at thousand-94 acres, 20 miles west of Grand Junction in the McInnis Canyon National Conservation area.
Fifty firefighters are working the Hunter fire, which is currently estimated at 734 acres and burning 12 miles north of Grand Junction in the steep and rough terrain of the little book cliffs.
The Little Book Cliffs fire has burned 169 acres about seven miles northwest of Grand Junction. Twenty-five firefighters have been assigned to this fire and will begin securing the perimeters and mop-up hot spots.