A wildfire caused by a downed DMEA power line charred about five acres along Back River Road on Labor Day.
Dubbed the Back River Road Fire, Hotchkiss Fire District assistant fire chief Steve Schroder said the department received a report of a fire on Back River Road near Hotchkiss at about 6:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. High winds had downed the power line along the road, resulting in a brush fire. The department dispatched four units and eight firefighters to the scene.
High southern winds caused the fire to spread quickly, and the downed power line hampered, but didn't stop efforts to extinguish the fire, said Schroder. The Paonia Volunteer Fire Department was called and assisted with two trucks and five firefighters. The fire was reported under control by about 9 p.m.
A drone video of the fire taken by the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office can be viewed on the Fire District Facebook page.
According to Becky Mashburn with DMEA, the fire affected service to 1,111 DMEA members starting at 6 p.m. "Power was restored in stages as we were able to setup alternate routes with all power being restored at 8:20 p.m.," wrote Mashburn in an email. Crews completed the line repair by Tuesday morning.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.