Fire Near Town of Mesa Burns 12 Acres, Threatens Home

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Fire crews were kept busy Tuesday night, battling more than five wildfires across the Western Slope.

That fire broke out just before 4:00pm Tuesday afternoon, just west of the town of Mesa.

Crews say when they arrived on scene, they saw heavy smoke and flames that were 15-20 feet high. One home was threatened and officials say crews first set up a fire line around the structure before attacking the flames.

A single engine air tanker was called in to drop retardant on the fire and a helicopter unit was brought in from Rifle to drop water on the flames using a bucket.

Officials say although the residents of the house were inside their home when the fire broke out, no one was harmed and the house was not damaged.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause, but both they and eyewitnesses say they believe the stormy weather likely ignited it.

"We were just sitting over there by the house getting ready to go home, when we saw lightning hit over there," said eyewitness Kody Coon. "After that the smoke started coming up, so we drove over."

As of 9:00pm Tuesday, that fire was 80 percent contained.

Firefighters were also called out to four other wildfires. BLM and Garfield County crews battled two small fires just outside of Rulison. Another fire broke out six miles north of the Town of Mesa, near the De Beque cutoff road. BLM officials say that fire burned at least one and a half acres, but did not threaten any structures. Firefighters also responded to a brush fire on Glade Park along DS Road.