Rifle-area wildfire under control

A wildfire ignited by lightning south of Rifle Thursday evening appears to be under control, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said this morning in a news release.

The fire was one of several that occurred in the county that evening due to multiple lightning strikes, but most were limited to trees that were struck and the areas immediately around them, the sheriff’s office said.

However, the fire in the Beaver Creek/Porcupine Creek area off Garfield County Road 320 ultimately covered about six acres, it said. That’s a bit smaller than authorities were initially guessing Thursday.

The sheriff’s office said the fire had stopped spreading by about 10 p.m. Thursday, and that there no longer is visible flame or smoke and the fire appears to be knocked down.

Crews from Colorado River Fire Rescue, the Grand Valley Fire Department and the Bureau of Land Management responded to the fire. While there were structures in the vicinity, none was threatened and no evacuations occurred.


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