Brush Creek Fire near Rifle 65 percent contained |

Brush Creek Fire near Rifle 65 percent contained

Staff Report

RIFLE — Despite winds gusting in excess of 30 miles per hour Monday afternoon, firefighters working the Brush Creek Fire 10 miles north of Rifle have brought the 400-acre fire to 65 percent containment.

About 180 firefighters and personnel worked with four helicopters and three engines to secure all but the northern flank of the fire Monday. Firefighters were able to make good progress on the northern flank, which remains active and is in an extremely steep area, according to a Bureau of Land Management spokesman. On Sunday, crews pulled out of the northern fire line because of erratic fire behavior that made it unsafe.

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.

No structures were being threatened as of Monday evening. Rifle Gap Reservoir remains closed to boating on the west end because of helicopter activity.

The lightning-caused fire flared up Friday afternoon, but crews contained it in the interim despite hot,dry, windy conditions that prevailed during the weekend.

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