Some flee blaze near Hotchkiss
DELTA — Firefighters from several departments battled a blaze throughout the night on Redlands Mesa near Hotchkiss that covered 80 acres and caused the evacuation of about 30 homes.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and its origin was not known.
By 8 p.m. Thursday, some residents had been allowed to return to their homes in the areas around 2800 Road and Redlands Mesa Road, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The fire claimed at least two structures by Thursday night, but McKee had no details and did not know whether they were houses.
Firefighters from Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Delta, Montrose and the Bureau of Land Management were fighting the blaze, McKee said.