Fire burns at least 1,300 acres near Rulison, threatens homes |

Fire burns at least 1,300 acres near Rulison, threatens homes

RULISON ” A massive wildfire burned Thursday southwest of Rifle in the Porcupine Creek area, causing evacuation of about 30 homes between county roads 301 and 309.

The fire had grown to between 1,300 and 1,800 acres by 7 p.m., authorities said.

It traveled southwest towards the Morrisania Mesa subdivision between Rulison and Battlement Mesa.

The Rifle Fire Department initially was called to a two-acre wildland fire around 4 p.m. Thursday.

As the fire grew, the Parachute and Burning Mountains fire departments, Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department also responded.

The cause of the fire was still undetermined as of early evening but residents reported lightning in the area Thursday.

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