Firefighters managing 245 and Yellowslide wildfires near Rifle; both visible from I-70
SILT — Fire officials are managing the 245 and Yellowslide fires, both burning on public lands in Garfield County. These fires are in remote locations but visible from Interstate 70 and Rifle.
The 245 Fire was started by lightning on Thursday, Aug. 24, east of Buford Road near the boundary of Bureau of Land Management and White River National Forest lands. It is currently 3 to 5 acres with multiple spots. Current resources on the fire include an engine module and the Juniper Valley Wildland Fire Crew. Smoke jumpers have been ordered, and fire managers are also working on lining up water resources for potential dips from West Elk Reservoir.
The Yellowslide Fire is located on inaccessible terrain on a ridge south of JQS Road on the flanks of the Roan Plateau. This fire is a lower priority than the 245 Fire, and minimal resources have been deployed thus far.
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