Small wildfire starts near Rifle |

Small wildfire starts near Rifle


Firefighters from several agencies were battling a wildfire south of Rifle Thursday night.

The blaze, in the Beaver Creek drainage south of Rifle, was about 15-20 acres at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Chad Harris, deputy chief of Colorado River Fire Rescue. He said access to the area is not very good.

An evening thunderstorm started several single-tree fires in the area, Harris said, and it is suspected as being the cause of the larger fire as well.

About 20 firefighters from Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire and the Bureau of Land Management Interagency Fire Center were on the scene.

Check later today for updates.

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