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Colorado: Highway 13 Fire 60 percent contained

Smoke from the Highway 13 fire rises above the Grand hogback, near Rifle, Colorado. Photo courtesy Inciweb.

Late-season fire danger persists across western Colorado

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Despite windy weather, firefighters have been able to gain the upper hand on the 991-acre Highway 13 fire, burning in oak brush, pinyon-juniper and mixed conifer north of Rifle, Colorado.

Fire experts said the fire was human-caused, but they haven’t yet determined the exact cause of ignition. The fire started right along Highway 13.

According to Garfield County officials, firefighters were working the east and southeast flanks of the fire, where the wind is trying to push it into new fuels. Three heavy helicopters dropping water on hot spots and two single-engine air tankers dropping fire retardant played a critical role Friday, while ground crews secured containment lines on the north and west flanks of the fire.

Smoke from the fire was visible throughout the are, but there is no immediate threat to any structures and no evacuations have been ordered, according to Inciweb.

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Colorado: Highway 13 Fire near Rifle at 500 acres

Multiple aircraft aim to keep flames west of Grand Hogback

The Highway 13 Fire is burning north of Rifle, Colorado.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Highway 13 Fire, burning near Rifle, in western Colorado, has grown to 500 acres, but firefighters have been able to check the spread of the blaze despite winds gusting up to 25 mph.

According to Inciweb, there are structures in the general vicinity of the fire, but no evacuations have been ordered and Highway 13 remains open. The fire is about nine miles from Rifle Gap Reservoir, burning on the west side of the Grand Hogback in piñon-juniper woodlands and mixed conifer stands. Continue reading

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