GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Illegal fireworks set off by a minor. That's what the Mesa County Sheriff's Office is saying caused a brush fire on the Redlands.
Thursday’s brush fire was a close call for residents in the Redlands area. The fire is now 100% contained. But crews are still on the scene of where the fire was burning.
The fire covered about nine acres in total, traveling in multiple directions. It stretched from the neighborhood all the way to the Connected Lakes. According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office the fire was started by a minor using illegal fireworks. They were contacted Thursday night by deputies and that is still under investigation. No one’s property or home was damaged by the fire but it did threaten many homes. Seven homes were evacuated through door-to-door evacuations, but around 8:30 Thursday night, residents were let back into their homes.
"They're really looking for any remaining hot spots, making sure it's not going to re-kindle on us and just making sure that it's completely out,” said Community Outreach Specialist, Dirk Clingman.
The Connected Lakes are now open but GJ Fire wants to warn people to still avoid the area. There are several trees that were damaged by the fire that may fall over at any time. There are still hot spots in the Redlands area, so crews are working to contain them.