Brush fire threatens home, radio towers near Rifle

500-acre fire likely human caused

RIFLE, Colo. - Firefighters say a brush fire about 13 miles north of Rifle is threatening a home and some radio towers.

   Colorado River Fire Rescue Chief Mike Morgan says no evacuations had been ordered as of Wednesday night.

   The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. and grew to more than 500 acres in 20 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph.  The fire temporarily closed part of Colorado Highway 13. It has reopened.

   The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, but Morgan says it is likely human caused.

  A heavy helicopter, two single-engine air tankers and an air attack plane supported the firefighters from the air. Additional resources are ordered and expected to arrive tomorrow.


"This fire clearly shows that we are still facing a high fire danger this fall," said Moran. "We are urging the public to continue to be mindful of the risk and to continue to be extremely careful with fire."

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