Wildfire forces evacuation of Palisade Peach Festival

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A wildfire, possibly caused by a fireworks show, forced authorities to evacuate the Palisade Peach Festival in Mesa County Friday night.

According to our news partners KREX-TV, the fire started around 9 p.m. during the fireworks show. The station says the fire is burning along the Colorado River along the south side of the festival at River Bend Park.

Witnesses say the festival was evacuated within 20 minutes.

A reporter on the scene who spoke with Fox31 & Channel 2, the fire appeared to be the size of 2 to 3 football fields.

Earlier on Friday, the Palisade Fire Department had posted a Red Flag Warning on Facebook, indicating that fire danger was high. Their warning read “High temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds create favorable conditions for extreme fire behavior. Be careful with any outdoor ignition sources.”

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