Blaze forces residents along river to evacuate

In her 60-plus years of living in a small house at the end of 28 3/4 Road along the Colorado River, Trudy Buffington never had to evacuate her home. Then came Saturday.

When a small brush fire broke out along the river within yards from her home, she had to temporarily vacate the premises.

“My son called me and told me I’d better get home fast,” Buffington said.

“Then they (firefighters) told us it probably would be a good idea if we got out of the house.”

Grand Junction Fire Department officials said the cause of the two-acre blaze was unknown as of Saturday evening, but Buffington and residents of other nearby homes said it might have been caused by some homeless people who frequently camp along the river behind their homes.

That section of the river is controlled by Colorado State Parks.

Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said about 30 responders from the city, county and Bureau of Land Management worked the blaze, containing it within a couple of hours.

He said the homeowners were evacuated as a precaution, but their homes were not seriously threatened.


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