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Cache Creek Fire Near Rifle Grows

Rifle, CO - The Cache Creek Fire near Rifle has doubled in size since Sunday, and has now consumed more than 200 acres. The fire is 0% contained as of Monday afternoon.

The fire is burning in the White River National Forest about 8 miles southwest of Rifle. No structures are being threatened and no evacuations have been ordered. Heavy smoke can be seen from Rifle and along the I-70 corridor near Rifle.

Below is the latest update from the Forest Service:


Fire: Cache Creek Fire


Containment: 0%

Acres: estimated over 200 acres

Location: approx. 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Co

Cause: Unknown

Start Date: evening of July 28

Total Personnel: 50

Fuels/Topography: heavy timber

Update: Crews and aerial resources continue to suppress the Cache Creek Fire burning approximately 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colo. in heavy dead and down fuels on White River National Forest lands in Garfield County.

The fire is active and burning in steep and rugged terrain and access for firefighters on the ground has been challenging. Crews are working to establish safe anchor points from which to build fire line to prevent spread toward values at risk. Yesterday, air resources concentrated efforts on the east and north flanks using a water-enhancing gel and water drops to check the spread of the fire.

The fire is actively burning and torching in heavy fuels and spotting and growing to the east. Private land with three structures and private oil and gas infrastructure is located approximately 2 miles north and downhill of the fire; additionally private oil and gas infrastructure is located two miles to the east of the fire. While not threatened at this time, firefighters and District staff continue to work closely to coordinate with landowners and oil and gas companies in the area.

Currently, two engines, two Type 2 hand crews, and two Type 1 helicopters are working to suppress this fire. The helicopters are conducting water dips at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area while suppression operations take place.

A new fire information phone number has been established for the public to call, that number is 970-984-8839.

Due to growing complexity, location, and size, a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered for the Cache Creek Fire and a transition is expected to occur within the next few days.

Smoke: Smoke is visible from the I-70 corridor in Rifle, Parachute and Rulison. Please do not call 911. For information on smoke visit: https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx


Evacuations: There are no evacuations at this time.


Closures: There are no closures at this time however, helicopter operations are ongoing at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area.


No Fly Zone: Aerial operations are ongoing. Please refrain from flying drones in the area. Remember, if you fly, we can’t.  


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