Firefighters from delta and other towns were still on the scene late Wednesday night of a wildfire that forced the evacuation of more than a dozen homes this evening.
The fire was pushed by winds topping thirty miles an hour, forcing firefighters to take a defensive stand to protect homes on the rim of Dry Creek Valley.
The fast–moving fire started in Montrose County and was pushed by high winds nearly two–thirds of a mile north and east along Dry Creek.
Thirteen homes sit along the rim of the valley, and protecting those homes was a top priority for crews from Delta, Montrose, Olathe, and Cedaredge. One home suffered substantial damage before crews were able to reach the home.
Heavy brush hampered efforts to slow the fire's advance.
"There is a lot of fuel, a lot of brush and trees on the sides of the valley", Delta Fire Chief Adam Suppes says, "and with the wind it was very hot and pushing the fire up against the houses.”
One firefighter had minor burns and was transported to Delta Memorial Hospital for treatment. He has been treated and released.
Cause of the fire is not yet known, but a ditch burn today or sparks from a fire two days ago could be responsible for today's blaze.