Fire in Rifle contained, but not out
RIFLE – A fire south of the city caused by a lightning strike late Sunday evening was reported as “contained but not out,” on Tuesday afternoon by the Rifle Fire Department.The fire on the Savage property, off County Road 320 between Beaver Creek and Porcupine Creek, started around 10 to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, after being struck by dry lightning.By Monday evening, around 60 to 80 acres had burned, according to Matthew Mollenkamp, a firefighter and paramedic with the Rifle Fire Department.A haystack burned and some gas wells were threatened, but there was no structural damage.The fire was fought with the assistance of air tankers and hot shot crews.The fire was one of three that broke out over the weekend due to dry lightning, which occurs in a storm with little or no precipitation.
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