Voluntary evacuation orders issued for brush fire on Western Slope

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PARACHUTE, Colo. -- A voluntary evacuation order was issued Saturday afternoon after a fire in unincorporated Mesa County grew to more than 500 acres, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office said.

Homes in the Housetop Mesa Estates subdivision, and areas of Housetop Mountain Road and County Road 306 are under the order. The area is southwest of Parachute and east of Grand Junction.

The Spring Creek 2 Fire, which started Friday afternoon, is expected to continue to grow, "posing a risk to lives and property," the sheriff's office said. Winds on Saturday afternoon might push the fire near homes in the evacuation order.

Residents in the area are being asked by the sheriff's office to evacuate using Wallace Creek Road to County Road 300 toward Battlement Mesa, and to check in at the Grand Valley Fire Station. The American Red Cross is available to offer assistance.

Spring Fire 2 Fire boundary as of the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (Map: Garfield County Sheriff's Office)
Spring Fire 2 Fire boundary as of the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (Map: Garfield County Sheriff's Office)

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is going to each home in the evacuation order to make sure residents are aware of the notice. Reverse emergency notification calls have also been placed to the approximately 24 home that are affected.

No primary residences have burned in the fire, but four outbuildings, three trailers and three vehicles have been lost, as well as several power poles.

Multiple air and ground resources are being used to fight the fire.

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