Crews from the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Center are making good progress on a fire that broke out this afternoon on Pinyon Mesa.
The fire flared up this afternoon on Snyder Flats, about four miles south–southwest of Enoch Lake, sending a column of smoke into the air that was plainly visible from the Grand Valley.
By 8 o'clock this evening the fire covered about 15 acres and is burning in pinyon–juniper woodlands. 40 people are working the fire, including 2 BLM smokejumpers and the 20–person Lewis and Clark Hot Shot crew from Great Falls, Montana. Also on the scene are four engines and crews. A single–engine air tanker, 2 heavy air tankers and a helicopter have also been used on the fire.
No cause has been determined for the fire's start, but fires from lightning can linger as embers for days before hot temperatures cause a flare-up.