Wildfire burns north of Rifle | PostIndependent.com

Wildfire burns north of Rifle

RIFLE, Colorado – A wildfire ignited on private land north of Rifle on Sunday, shutting Highway 13 for two hours after 5:30 p.m.The fire is burning near mile marker 7 of Highway 13 and was reported at 3:37 p.m. Sunday.Two houses were threatened by the 12.6-acre fire. “The fire got close to two homes, but firefighters were able to protect them and keep the fire away,” said Kimberly Miller, fire information officer for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR).The fire was not started by lightning and is believed to have been started by humans. The cause is under investigation, Miller said.As of Sunday evening, the fire was not spreading, and firefighters were spending the night on scene to keep an eye on it, Miller said.No injuries have been reported as of 9:50 p.m. Sunday.A helicopter helped fight the blaze Sunday, and a single-engine air tanker has been ordered.Two engines and one 13-person crew from UCR are also at the fire.Two other 14-acre fires reported in the same area are out, Miller said.Garfield County is being assisted by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and fire departments from Rifle, New Castle, Parachute Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs.

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