Small fires keep fire crews busy near Rifle |

Small fires keep fire crews busy near Rifle

Ryan Hoffman

Crews with Colorado River Fire Rescue had no problem staying busy Friday.

Firefighters were called to five small fires in western Garfield County over the course of three hours.

A brush fire was reported near Whiteriver Avenue and First Street in Rifle around 2:16 p.m. Shortly after, another brush fire just east down Highway 6 near Miles Pond Road was called in. Then another brush fire farther down Highway 6 toward Silt was reported.

Crews quickly extinguished the first two fires, which were so small that the size of the burn could not be calculated, said Maria Piña, public information officer with CRFR.

The third fire, which was near Peterson Lane on Highway 6, temporarily closed the highway Friday. That fire burned about 1.5 acres, Piña said. A cause has not been determined.

During all of that, another fire was called in near Burning Mountain Avenue in New Castle. That fire burned an area 50 by 50 feet, Piña said. A cause has not been determined.

Then around 5:06 p.m. a call came in for a fire near mile marker 100 on Interstate 70. However, by the time crews arrived the fire was out. Additional details on that incident were not available.

Nobody was injured and no structures were damaged in Friday’s small fires.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a red flag warning Friday that is to remain in effect through 9 p.m. Saturday. Dry and hot conditions are expected to persist through Saturday. Those factors, combined with low relative humidity and dry fuels, will bring critical fire conditions to a portion of northwest Colorado, the weather service reported.

A fire weather watch is in effect for Sunday.

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