Firefighters control Rifle wildfire |

Firefighters control Rifle wildfire

John GardnerGlenwood Springs CorrespondentVail, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado A wildfire that scorched about a dozen acres of private land and threatened two structures north of Rifle Sunday was deemed under control as of Monday evening.The fire started Sunday afternoon about 3 p.m. and burned a little more than 12 acres near mile marker 7 on Highway 13.They called it contained about mid morning Monday, said Lathan Johnson, assistant fire management officer for the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit. It ended up that (fire management) called it controlled this afternoon.A fire is contained when crews have a defensive line completely surrounding the fire, whereas a controlled status means there is no visible smoke present and fire officials feel that there is a good chance the heat is out of the burn area, according to Johnson.Johnson said that a skeleton crew of firefighters remained on the scene as of 6 p.m. Monday night. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Two structures were threatened but none were damaged as the fire crews were able to protect the structures in time.Earlier reports stated the fire was not spreading Sunday evening and crews would remain on scene throughout the night. As of Monday morning, their efforts proved successful as Johnson said the fire is still holding steady at 12.6 acres, and that it was not actively spreading Monday morning.On the scene Monday remained three federal Bureau of Land Management fire engines and an eight-person squad, along with a Rifle Fire Protection District Water truck and crew.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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