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Release Date: 10/05/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 319-4130    

Air resources key to stopping spread of Highway 13 Fire today (10-05-12)

RIFLE, Colo. – Air resources were critical today in holding the growth of the Highway 13 Fire in check today.

The fire is 15 miles north of Rifle and burning in a remote, rugged area on the Grand Hogback.

Three heavy helicopters dropped water, while two single-engine air tankers and a heavy air tanker dropped fire retardant. An air attack plane guided the activity from the air, and a light helicopter supported the firefighting effort. Eight smokejumpers jumped to the rugged east flank of the fire and worked with the aircraft to keep that active area from spreading. Other firefighters began building containment lines where terrain allowed.

Although firefighters were able to keep the fire from growing today, a mapping flight provided a more accurate estimate of the acres burned yesterday, at 991 acres. The fire is predominately on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands. It’s 5 percent contained, with 150 firefighters and personnel assigned.

Fire investigators were not able to pinpoint the precise cause of the fire. They believe the fire, which started immediately adjacent to Highway 13, was nevertheless human-caused.

A number of local agencies assisted the Upper Colorado River Interagency Unit today. Firefighters will continue to actively suppress the fire tomorrow.

Fire officials remind the public that the dry conditions the area faced during much of the summer are still with us, creating a high fire danger fairly late in the year.

Updated information is available at or by calling 970 456-3623.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-05-2012