UPDATE: Brush fire allegedly caused by illegal fireworks

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) UPDATE: 10:16 a.m. Friday: As of Friday morning, the fire is completely contained and fire crews are keeping an eye on hot spots in the burn area, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.

They say the fire was caused by a child setting off illegal fireworks. The Mesa County Sheriff’s office is investigating. No word on if charges will be filed at this time.

The fire started Thursday afternoon and burned approximately 9 acres.

Original story:A brush fire burning out of control on the Redlands has forced evacuations.

Residents on Riverview Dr. have been asked to prepare should evacuation be required. Residents on the 500 block were evacuated in person by fire crews.

The fire is about 50 yards from homes and a BLM aircraft is dropping water on the fire.

Heavy winds caused the blaze to spread fast a little before 3 p.m. this afternoon near Skyway Drive and Vista Grande Road.

Trees damaged by the blaze have been collapsing along walking trails in the area of the fire.

Officials say avoid trails in the area to avoid serious injury.

“I heard fireworks going off and I assumed it was kids playing with fireworks. I smelled smoke and I walked out to the kitchen and I could see smoke from the front deck so I ran outside to see it,” says resident Bonnie Hatch. “It moved so fast through here. You can see the dry grass.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife also evacuated Connected Lakes.

Currently, no structures have been involved.

Fire officials say the fire is 30%-40% contained.

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