Wildfire contained

Post Independent Writer

Staff Report

Crews have fully contained a wildfire about five miles south of Buford in Rio Blanco County.

Incident Commander Frankie Romero of Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management in Rifle predicted that the fire would be controlled by this evening.

“There will be gradual decline in resources over the next two days,” Romero said in a news release. “I am really pleased with the progress we have made in such a short amount of time.”

The wildfire began accidentally on Friday when a brush pile burn on private land got out of control. It grew to at least 46 acres, most of which was on private land.

Favorable weather contributed to the fire’s containment.

No structures were damaged and no serious injuries have occurred in connection with the fire.

Extensive mop-up work is necessary on the fire due to the large amount of dead trees in the fire perimeter, officials said.

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