Fire burning west of Rifle
Vail, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” A fire southwest of Rifle grew to 40 acres by 2:45 p.m.
It was named the “Porcupine Fire” due to its location along the Porcupine Creek drainage. The fire started out on Bureau of Land Management land in pinyon pine/juniper vegetation, and spread to the timber on Forest Service land. The cause of the fire is unknown, the BLM said in a news release.
Air resources were used heavily throughout the day and more resources are ordered. On scene today were one heavy air tanker, two single engine air tankers, and one helicopter. More heavy air tankers are ordered, as well as a Type I Hot Shot Crew. A Type III Crew is being mobilized. There are several engines and ground personnel on scene. Federal crews are being assisted by Garfield County.
There are oil and gas resources as well as structures in the area, but there is no immediate threat to those resources.