New Rifle-area fire burns 300 acres

A wildfire has burned an estimated 300 acres just west of where another had burned nearly 500 acres north of Rifle Gap Reservoir about a week ago.

The Brush Creek Fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management land about 12 miles north of Rifle. No structures are currently threatened, according to the website.

It said two 20-person hand crews, two helicopters, four engines and a Type 3 incident management team are on the fire, and more hand crews have been ordered.

“Crews will work to flank the fire and strengthen (fire) line already constructed,” the website said.

The fire is believed to be a holdover fire from an earlier lightning storm. Lightning also was blamed for the Ward Creek Fire, which had forced the evacuations of about a dozen homes and the closure of campgrounds and a state fish hatchery before being contained.


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