Wildfire Threatens Home In Delta County

A wildfire in a remote part of Delta County scorches more than 150 acres.

The fire sparked Monday around 4 p.m. in the Wolf Park area of the county, which is about 45 miles from the town of Hotchkiss.

A teenage boy who lives near where the fire sparked on Barrel Mesa called 911, with the Hotchkiss Fire Department responding initially.

Firefighters reported seeing flames 40-50 feet in the air and the dry conditions helped the flames spread rapidly.

Because of this, fire units with Cedaredge, Paonia, Crawford and the Bureau of Land Management were also needed for the ground attack. Slurry bombers out of Grand Junction handled the fight from the air.

Flames did come within 50 feet of a home, but a fire line prevented the blaze from advancing and because of the remoteness of the area, a lack of water did prove to be a hindrance for a little while.

"There's no hydrants out here, so we had to have a supply line from the canal," Delta County Emergency Manager Rob Fiedler said.

At last reports, 150 acres have been burned and no evacuations have been ordered and no one has been injured in the fight.

Although there were afternoon thunderstorms moving through the area,
the cause of the fire hasn't been determined and is currently under investigation.