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Firefighters Fighting Wildfire Near Rifle

Firefighters are battling a 100 acre fire burning southwest of Rifle.

Approximately 50 firefighters, along with aerial support,  are fighting the Cache Creek Fire burning in the White River National Forest about 8 Miles southwest of Rifle. Smoke from the fire can be seen from I-70, but fire officials say no structures are being threatened.

Below is the latest incident report on the fire:


Cache Creek Fire Evening Update


Fire: Cache Creek Fire

Containment: 0%

Acres: estimated over 100 acres with MMA flight scheduled for more accurate mapping

Start Date: evening of July 28

Cause: Unknown 

Location: approx. 8 miles southwest of Rifle, CO 

Total Personnel: 50 

Fuels/Topography: heavy timber


Update : Crews and aerial resources continue to respond to 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 was initially called in at approximately 8:30 p.m.on the evening of July 28, but due to lack of visibility, crews began suppression operations on the fire early this morning.

The fire is active and burning in steep and rugged terrain and access for firefighters on the ground has been challenging. Firefighters are working to establish a safe anchor point to work from. Today, 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 on private land. These areas are not threatened at this time. Firefighters and District staff continue to work closely and coordinate with landowners and oil and gas companies in the area.

Currently, two engines; two Type 2 hand crews; two Type 1 helicopters; 1 air attack platform and three Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) are working the fire.

Helicopters are conducting water dips at Battlement Mesa Reservoir, please avoid the area while suppression operations take place.

The Cache Creek Fire has transitioned from a Type 4 to a Type 3 Incident Command Structure.

There will be another update tomorrow on July 30, 2018. There is now an Inciweb page established for the fire here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6052/.


Smoke: Smoke is visible from the I-70 corridor in Rifle, Parachute and Rulison. Please do not call 911. For information on how 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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