Porcupine Fire southwest of Rifle contained Sunday | PostIndependent.com

Porcupine Fire southwest of Rifle contained Sunday

RIFLE, Colorado – A fire that started Thursday morning was fully contained by Sunday afternoon, according to federal officials.With the help of rain, fire crews were able to establish a line around the Porcupine Fire, which has been burning about 5 miles southwest of Rifle. That led officials at the scene to declare the fire fully contained about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from federal fire officials. The fire burned about 130 acres.Several fire crews were released after the fire was contained Sunday. A Hot Shot crew will remain on the scene to complete “mop-up” operations and ensure a smooth transition with local crews, the statement said.Local fire crews will monitor the fire along with their other initial attack responsibilities. The fire will be checked several times for the next week to make sure it remains within the containment perimeter, the statement said.There were oil and gas and residential structures in the area of the fire, but they were never threatened. The cause of this fire is presumed to be a lightning strike, according to federal fire officials.

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