PALISADE, Colo. (KKCO-KJCT)-- The Peach Festival Fire first erupted south of Riverbend Park across the Colorado River in East Orchard Mesa just after 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 and the suspected cause of the fire was fireworks from the Palisade Peach Festival.
Firefighters were on scene and continued to battle the fire into the night and into Saturday morning.
The fire was roughly 3-5 acres in size and damaged a vehicle, but no structures, orchards, or homes were damaged.
The fire ignited on the bottom end of a steep bluff wall, where the crews worked hard to fight the fire so it couldn’t spread to the top of the bluff where many orchards are.
The fire did not spread to Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area and the area is now opened again after being closed for precautionary reasons.
At roughly 1 p.m. the fire was 80 percent contained, and crews were working to get rid of hotspots before the afternoon winds picked up.
At roughly 6 p.m. on Saturday, the East Orchard Mesa Fire Department released a statement that the fire was 100 percent contained.
They also said that one firefighter was transported to the hospital with a heat-related illness and their condition is unknown at this time.