First Major Mesa County Wildfire Of 2005 Burning Near Utah Border

Mesa County-The biggest wildfire in Mesa County in 2005 was burning about 8 miles west of Mack, Wednesday evening. The wildfire was first reported at about 3:30 p.m. south of the Bookcliffs in a sparsely populated area on the Utah border.

The fire was burning in dense grasses, weeds, and brush and was being pushed by strong westerly winds. Crews from the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management unit arrived on the scene with several brush trucks and water tenders.

Later the Colorado crews were joined by firefighters from Moab, Utah. A single–engine tanker from Grand Junction, as well as a heavy P–3 air tanker were called in to drop retardant on the fire, which was burning on several fronts.

A neaby ranch was initially put on alert for possible evacuation, but that later proved uneccessary.

Crews from Moab were expected to spend the night on the fire and will continue to fight any hot spots through Thursday. Firefighters did not know how the fire started or how many acres had burned.

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