Wildfire near Rulison 70 percent contained | AspenTimes.com

Wildfire near Rulison 70 percent contained

Glenwood Springs Post Independent Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

RULISON ” Fire crews seemed to get the upper hand on a wildfire burning between Rulison and Rifle by Saturday morning, with the 301 Fire now listed at 70 percent contained.

Also good news, contrary to earlier reports that a home had been burned by the fire, officials reported Saturday morning that only an outbuilding has been destroyed by the fire.

Approximately 238 acres have been burned by the fire and, as of Saturday morning, an evacuation remains in effect for homes in the Spruce Creek area and the eastern end of County Road 301.

On Saturday morning there were 15 pieces of equipment and 66 personnel on the scene. Participating agencies included: Garfield County Sheriff Office, Rifle Fire Protection District, Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District, BLM/Forest Service Interagency, The American Red Cross, Gila hot shot crew out of New Mexico and Colorado State Forest.

Aircraft was used to battle the blaze on Friday and was on standby Saturday.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike from a storm that moved through the area Thursday evening. The fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. A reverse 911 call was made to all residences south of County Road 320 and between County Road 301 and 326 to include the Red Apple subdivision. Approximately 60 homes were evacuated to Rifle High School where the Red Cross set up a temporary shelter.

The fire is close to the 65-acre Gray Barn Fire that started June 26 and the Red Apple Fire that burned 800 acres in 2006.