Fire near New Castle up to 15 acres |

Fire near New Castle up to 15 acres

NEW CASTLE ” A 15-acre fire dubbed the Rock’n

Pine Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management land two miles northeast

of the town of New Castle.

The fire began from a lightning strike on Saturday, Sept. 15, according to

Lathan Johnson, central zone assistant fire management officer for the

Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit.

The fire was listed at 25 percent containment as of 7 a.m. Sunday morning,

and firefighters expect the blaze to be 100 percent contained by


On Saturday two single engine air tankers and one heavy air tanker dropped

nine loads of water on the blaze. Roughly 15 firefighters were on scene.

One 20-person hotshot crew as well as two 20-person Type II crews are

working the fire today.

“The reason we have so many firefighters on the scene today is because the

fire is located in some pretty steep terrain,” Johnson said. “The slopes

are about 50 degrees.”

One helicopter is also working the fire today.

The Rock’n Pine Fire is burning in pinyon-juniper and oak brush on public

land. It is two miles from the nearest home and one mile west of the

location where the New Castle Fire burned earlier this summer. The Rock’n

Pine Fire is named after a restaurant that was located in the area in the


Assisting firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Unit are

the Burning Mountain Fire Department in New Castle and the Garfield County

Sheriff’s Office.

Officials ask that motorists traveling on Interstate 70 not slow or stop to

look at the smoke, which on Saturday was easily visible from the


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