Firefighters make progress on Porcupine Fire near Rifle |

Firefighters make progress on Porcupine Fire near Rifle

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Firefighters continued to fight a fire burning about five miles southwest of Rifle Friday. The fire erupted about 10 a.m. Thursday.

As of late afternoon on Friday, fire officials said the fire is a little more than 130 acres and is now 35 percent contained. The fire is completely on Bureau of Land Management land.

There are oil and gas facilities and other structures in the area of the fire, but they are not in immediate danger, according to officials fighting the fire.

The heavy air assault on the blaze continued as two helicopters, being assisted by two helitack crews, dropped water and two single-engine air tankers out of Grand Junction dropped retardant on the Porcupine Fire. The blaze is named after a the nearby Porcupine drainage area.

The Northwest Colorado Incident Management Type III Team took over command of the fire this morning. Before then, the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit had been the lead. That unit includes the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Garfield County and Rifle Fire, according to federal officials.

Type I Hot Shot Crews were at the scene of the blaze building fire lines today, and more are expected to arrive throughout’ the day, federal fire officials said. Additional resources were brought to assist with firefighting efforts.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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