UPDATE: Lower Valley Fire has confirmed that the fire was caused by the illegal burning of trash. They would also like to remind residents that Mesa County is currently in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, which prohibits agricultural burning without a Sheriff’s issued burn permit.
MACK, Colo. – Late Friday afternoon, a field fire broke out in Mack just behind the property of 1891 10 road. Fire crews from multiple Western Slope departments rushed to the scene to smother the flames, as dry and hot conditions caused the fire to spread. A firefighting helicopter dropped 4 water buckets, while planes with additional air response coated the flames in a fire retardant. The cause of this fire is still under investigation, although a neighbor our reporter spoke to says he believes this could have been a controlled burn that quickly spread out of control. As of 7:30 this evening, all of the flames have been put out, with crews continuing to work on hot spots. We will have more information in our 9 and 10:00 broadcasts on KREX 5 and Fox 4.