Winds making Porcupine Fire difficult to fight |

Winds making Porcupine Fire difficult to fight

Winds were not friendly to the fire crews battling the Porcupine Fire near Rifle on Saturday.

The potentially dangerous winds required fire managers to order helicopter water drops within the fire perimeter today.

There has been no official change in the fire’s acreage, and is still listed at 130 acres.

The fire, which is on BLM land, was first spotted around 10 a.m. Thursday after a lightning storm moved through the area on preceding days. Quick response from two helicopters, two single engine air tankers and a heavy air tanker the first two days have enabled hand crews to get in and dig a good fire line around the perimeter of the fire. The blaze is burning in difficult terrain on the western slope of the upper Porcupine drainage, five miles southwest of Rifle.

The Juniper Valley-Rifle and Juniper Valley-Canon City Type-II hand crews and three Type-I Hotshot crews from California, Oregon and Washington continued building the fire line today. Two helicopters, two helitack crews, two SEAT planes and a heavy air tanker remain available locally.

Planning for today includes increasing the perimeter line around the fire.

Northwest Colorado Type-III Incident Management Team is managing this fire, with the assistance of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, Garfield County and Rifle Fire.

The oil and gas resources and other structures in the area are not threatened at this time.

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