Efforts are now reaching the $1,000,000 mark on the Pine Ridge Fire, and officials say containing the blaze will be weather dependent.
"Just because the mandatory evac has been lifted doesn't mean we're off of ready evac," Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.
On Saturday, families were let back into their homes. Just two days after being evacuated.
But the Mesa County Sheriff's Office says this does not mean everyone is safe just yet.
"All of these areas, from De Beque to Horse Canyon remain in what's called evac ready and that means we want people who are ready to go and prepared," Hilkey said.
The Pine Ridge Fire continues to burn close to 13,000acres. The dry conditions are providing the wildfire with plenty of fuel to keep on burning.
The resources we have on the fire are seven crews, that's seven 20 person crews, 32 engines, we have five helicopters and three air tankers," incident commander Bill Hahenberg said. "That's a total of about 321 people."
Type One Teams working on the Pine Ridge Fire say they do not anticipate it getting out of control again, and that is because crews are burning the fire back to itself.
"We are going to be burning up several hundred acres in certain places of fuel that could potentially stop the fire from spreading several thousand acres," public information adviser Rick Barton said.
Weather has been the hardest struggle for firefighters. Conditions are expected to get windy once again, and officials warn it can change the fire's behavior at any time.
"Just because there's not a big plume of smoke today or a lot of activity we want to make sure people understand that the weather and dry circumstances can change in an instant and that's why we want everyone to be ready to go," Hilkey said.
As a reminder, Mesa County is on a Stage 2 fire ban. Meaning no smoking outside, using charcoal BBQ's and absolutely no fireworks for the fourth of July. The sheriff's office says the conditions are too dry to take any chances this holiday.