The Bull Basin fire, burning in the Plateau Valley near Molina is now one hundred percent contained. The lightning-sparked fire spread rapidly on Tuesday evening to the point where residents were on standby for evacuation.
Now, firefighters are mopping up the fire, much to the relief of area land and homeowners. With the dry weather and frequency of wildfire already this year, many worried that it would be much worse.
"It was very scary because of all the fires around and you just never know," said Molina resident Jeanne Carey on Wednesday.
Residents of Molina and those within a five mile radius of the fire were on pre-evacuation notice for a few hours on Tuesday night while firefighters worked the fire.
Pete Kenney was in Collbran when the fire started and noticed it on the way to his home near Molina.
"Coming down 330, I saw a lot of smoke and I was thinking of a guy that I'd done some work for. I thought it was his house. But when I got home, I could see it was not very far from home and I was concerned about my neighbors. It was just about in their back yard."
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Fire Warden Rich Acree detailed the moments the firefighters arrived on scene.
"They did a size-up to the fire and realized that they had numerous structures in the area."
And that's why officials were quick to send a large response.
"We're kind of slow in the state fire-wise right now, some of the larger fires are wrapping up so there's more resources available," Acree said.
The fire was attacked by ground and also with aircraft including a helicopter and a slurry bomber. By the evening hours, crews felt that they had a good handle on it and canceled the pre-evacuation.
"We were able to pinch the head off fairly quick and get a box around the fire yesterday," Acree said.
On Wednesday, the fire was finally one hundred percent contained and crews worked to mop up any hot spots in the area.
"We're mainly shoring up the line, making sure we've got a good perimeter around the fire."
Fire danger remains high, however, and officials remain on alert.
"We've got some weather possibly moving in later on in the weekend that has some potential lightning with it, so we're trying to hang up some resources in the area just for this weekend."
Over one hundred firefighters from the local to federal level were on scene to squash the fire which burned 21 acres.
Officials thank proximity to existing resources in Grand Junction for the swiftness of the fire's containment.