Wildfire Near DeBeque Destroys Home, Grows To 450 Acres

More than 100 firefighters and two air tankers battled a very dangerous wildfire south of Debeque that grew to 450 acres Friday evening. One home was destroyed by the fire. Four others are threatened and the Plateau Valley Fire Department lost a key piece of equipment.

The fire started around 1:00 p.m. near Horse Thief Creek Canyon and quickly grew 450 acres. The winds were changing quickly, making it difficult to contain the fire. There were 12 engines on the scene from various departments, along with two air tankers, and the Juniper Valley Crew out of Rifle.

Officials say that one home was overtaken by the fire. Residents of four other homes were evacuated. On two homes firefighters were using suppression tactics in an effort to prevent damage. Flames overtook a water tender for the Plateau Valley Fire Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office took command.

Although there has been damage to a structure and equipment, there were no reports of injuries from what's being called the Turkey Track Fire.

There was some containment on the west end of the fire, but the south and north areas of Horse Canyon were still burning.
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