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Evacuation orders lifted for wildfire burning in Delta County

The fire, which is now 50% percent contained, prompted evacuations in an area near Cedaredge.
Credit: Gilbert Lisano

DELTA COUNTY, Colo. — A brush fire on the lower part of the Grand Mesa prompted the Delta County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) to issue an evacuation order in the Cedaredge area.

According to a post on Delta County Emergency Management's (DCEM) Facebook page, the order applied to the area from High Park Road east to Highway 65, south to Brimstone Road and Ward Creek Road.

By 10 p.m. Thursday, all residents were able to return to their homes and evacuation orders were lifted. High Park Road remains closed to public access at this time at Williams Creek Road to allow firefighters access to the area.  

The Squirrel Rock Fire is burning five miles north of Cedaredge, DCEM said, in the High Park Road/Squirrel Rock Road area. About 60 local, state and federal resources are responding to the blaze, and air support is helping with the effort. 

The fire, which DCSO said is burning on private land, was last estimated at 40 acres. DCEM said Friday that the fire is 50% contained and crews are hoping to have it fully contained by the end of the day. 

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Delta County dispatch can be reached at 970-874-2015 for more information.

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