Wildfire southeast of Montrose spreads

The East Fork Fire southeast of Montrose remained zero percent contained Wednesday, while the Brush Creek Fire north of Rifle was 97 percent contained, reported the Bureau of Land Management.

The East Fork Fire, burning about 30 miles from Montrose along Little Cimarron Creek, grew to 442 acres Wednesday and was being fought by about 350 personnel. The lightning-sparked fire, which began June 15, is burning at high, steep elevation with heavy fuel loading, and pre-evacuation notices have been issued at 35 possibly threatened structures.

The Brush Creek Fire, about 10 miles north of Rifle, began June 20 and spread to 403 acres, but had not grown for several says, said David Boyd of the Bureau of Land Management. Wednesday, crews were at 97 percent containment “and the remaining three percent is essentially a cliff,” Boyd said.

An eight-person crew will remain at the Brush Creek site and monitor it, Boyd said, “but as of now, most of the crews are heading home.”


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