The Bull Basin Fire reported at 5:00 pm Tuesday near Molina has forced authorities to warn neighbors to be ready to leave.
Pre-evacuation notices ordered earlier Tuesday evening were lifted just after 10:30 pm.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management are leading efforts to contain this fire. It is currently estimated to be burning 20 acres of private land approximately one mile southwest of the town of Molina.
Even though this blaze started small, firefighters jumped on it quickly because of the conditions in Colorado. Air support including one Type 3 helicopter and an air tanker were called in almost immediately.
"With the fires we've had, they've been going big fast. So, we're not taking any chances with these conditions and we're hitting things hard," Incident Commander Randy Jacks with the BLM said. "And... there are quite a few homes here so the quicker we can get on that, [the better]."
Firefighters say the flames are close to handful of homes, but they are confident in the defenses that they have placed around these structures. "We've got about three-quarters of the fire surrounded with [fire] hose and hope to have the rest of it surrounded tonight," Jacks said Tuesday.
For residents looking on, it's Déjà vu all over again. "It's a little scary," Molina resident Sheryl Arnold said. "We watched [The Pine Ridge Fire] in De Beque and we were in Colorado Springs when that one started."
"It's been a bad year."
Fire crews say even though some homes are being threatened, none have been lost. At about 8:30 pm Tuesday, dozens of additional resources started arriving at the Bull Basin Fire to assist.
"We have quite a few crews that have been mobilized to Grand Junction on this fire. Many of them actually helped on the Pine Ridge and Third Water Springs fires as well," Jacks said.
Firefighters say they believe this fire was sparked by lightning on Tuesday.
No one has been evacuated at this time. But, officials say all people living or working in Mesa County should sign up to receive Emergency Alerts on their cell phones. To do so, visit www.gjcity.org and click on the link toward the bottom of the page.
Approximately 120 firefighters, from the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Plateau Valley Fire Department, De Beque Fire Department, and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office are aggressively attacking the flames. Crews will remain on the fire overnight and will continue to attack in the morning.