So far it's been a slow start to the wildfire season on the Western Slope, but the danger always exists when dry hot days combine with wind and lightning. Firefighters were put to the test near the Colorado/Utah border Saturday.
The Bureau of Land Management was notified around 10:30 a.m. of a fire burning on the banks of the Colorado River near Rabbit Valley. It's being called the Knowles fire and at 4:30 p.m. was estimated to be 50 acres of burning grass, sage, and tamarisk.
According to BLM fire dispatch personnel, upwards of 30 firefighters were on scene with two engines and a helicopter. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office was assisting, shuttling crews by boat, launching from the Loma boat ramp. No structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported.