Puma Fire burns about five acres 12 miles north of Rifle
The lightning-caused Puma Fire has burned nearly five acres on Parker Ridge 12 miles north of Rifle. No structures are currently threatened. “The fire is burning in piñon-juniper in very steep, rugged terrain where access is difficult,” said David Boyd, public information officer for Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management. With the hot and dry weather, “officials expected pretty good growth of the fire … but aircraft work (Saturday) night and (Sunday), with well-placed retardant lines and bucket work,” kept the fire from spreading, he said.There is no current estimate of containment, but full containment is expected tonight, Boyd said.On Saturday and Sunday, a single-engine air tanker dropped retardant and a helicopter dropped water on the fire. On Sunday, 60 firefighters were on scene, including assistance from the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.The fire was first reported at 4:18 p.m. on Saturday.
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