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Release Date: 10/09/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 319-4130    

Firefighters reach 60% containment on Highway 13 Fire (10-05-12)

RIFLE, Colo. – Firefighters kept the spread of the Highway 13 Fire in check for a second day and reached 60 percent containment despite conditions that led to a Red Flag Warning being issued from noon to 8 p.m.

Firefighters continued to suppress active fire behavior on the east and southeast flanks of the fire. The three heavy helicopters dropping water on hot spots and two single-engine air tankers dropping fire retardant played a critical role again today. Fire crews secured containment lines on the north and west flanks of the fire.

For the second day the fire perimeter did not grow and firefighters held it to 991 acres. The fire is 15 miles north of Rifle, predominately on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.

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.

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Last updated: 10-09-2012