Brush Creek Fire 90 percent contained

Firefighters now have the 400-acre Brush Creek Fire 90
percent contained.

Today about 120 firefighters, three helicopters and three engines worked
the fire, which is about 10 miles north of Rifle, Colo.

Firefighters expect to have the fire 97 percent contained by the end of the
day tomorrow, when most of the remaining resources will be released to
other fires or to return to their home unit.

Containment line will not be built on the remaining 3 percent of the fire
perimeter because of the extremely steep slope, but after tomorrow a small
crew of firefighters will continue to monitor and work the fire as long as
needed. The fire has not grown in several days despite the strong winds,
and firefighters do not expect it to grow further.

Rifle Gap Reservoir is now fully open to boating.

The work to contain the Brush Creek Fire is a closely coordinated effort
among crews and personnel working for the federal Upper Colorado River
Interagency Management Unit, the local Colorado River Fire Rescue, Garfield
County and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado Parks and

For the latest updates on the Brush Creek Fire, visit,
www.facebook/coloradoriverfirerescue,,  or call 970