Firefighters battle wildland fire on top of Grand Mesa
A second fire ignited on Grand Mesa over the Labor Day weekend and fire crews were dispatched to fight the blaze.
The Carson Lake Fire was burning approximately half an acre of spruce, fir and aspen trees in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest on Monday evening, according to information from the Grand Junction Interagency Wildland Fire Dispatch Center.
Carson Lake is located at the headwaters of Kannah Creek.
The fire was reported just before 4 p.m., according to Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Megan Terlecky.
A fire that started on Saturday near Vega Reservoir was contained over the holiday weekend as well.
Warmer than average temperatures and little precipitation across the region are creating tinder-dry conditions. The National Weather Service announced Gateway had a record high temperature of 99 degrees on Monday, breaking the previous record of 98 degrees established in 1978.