Brush Creek Fire Update


June 24, 2013 6:30 p.m.

Contact: David Boyd, Public Information Officer, 970 319-4130

Firefighters reach 65% containment on Brush Creek Fire

RIFLE, Colo. – Despite winds gusting in excess of 30 miles per hour this afternoon, firefighters working the Brush Creek Fire 10 miles north of Rifle, Colo., have brought the 400-acre fire to 65 percent containment.

About 180 firefighters and personnel worked with four helicopters and three engines to secure all but the northern flank of the fire today. Firefighters were able to make good progress on the northern flank, which remains active and is in an extremely steep area.

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 Wildlife.

No structures are immediately threatened at this time. Rifle Gap Reservoir remains closed to boating on the west end because of helicopter activity.

For the latest updates on the Brush Creek Fire, visit, www.facebook/coloradoriverfirerescue,, or call 970 319-4130.