Brush Creek Fire is 90 percent contained |

Brush Creek Fire is 90 percent contained

RIFLE — Firefighters now have the 400-acre Brush Creek Fire 90 percent contained, and Rifle Gap Reservoir is now fully open to boating, according to Dave Boyd, public information officer for the Bureau of Land Management.

On Tuesday, about 120 firefighters, three helicopters and three engines worked the fire, which is about 10 miles north of Rifle.

Firefighters expect to have the fire 97 percent contained by the end of the day Wednesday, when most of the remaining resources will be released to other fires or to return to their home units.

A small crew of firefighters will continue to monitor and work the fire as long as needed, including the 3 percent of the fire perimeter that won’t be contained because of an extremely steep slope. The fire has not grown in several days despite strong winds, Boyd said, and firefighters do not expect it to grow further.

The work to contain the Brush Creek Fire is a coordinated effort among crews and personnel working for the federal Upper Colorado River Interagency Management Unit, the local Colorado River Fire Rescue, Garfield County and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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