Fire consumes home in Rulison area |

Fire consumes home in Rulison area

Crews fight a fire that burned one home in the Rulison area Sunday. This picture was taken from Interstate 70 around 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
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A brush fire burned roughly 50 acres and consumed a home Sunday in the Rulison area.

Responders were in the “mop-up stage” a little after 6 p.m. — about five hours after the brush fire was first reported near mile marker 1.5 of County Road 320 south of the Colorado River.

Smoke and flames were visible from Interstate 70 near the Rulison exit Sunday afternoon.

A home was engulfed in flames when crews arrived on the scene, said Walt Stowe, public information officer with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. There were no reported injuries to humans or animals.

At that point the mission became preventing the flames from reaching other structures, which Stowe said responders successfully accomplished.

A helicopter started dropping water from the Colorado River, and single engine aircraft tankers were ordered to help contain the flames. Stowe did not know how many tankers ended up on the scene.

He said the fire burned approximately 50 acres.

Sunday’s blaze was the second brush fire reported in the area in the past week. A fire between the west Rifle and Rulison exits halted westbound traffic on Interstate 70 for several hours Wednesday. That fire burned more than 30 acres.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a hazardous weather outlook for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The region could experience near-record-breaking high temperatures Monday and Tuesday.

Stowe said he would not speculate on the cause of Sunday’s fire.

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