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100 Acre Fire Burning In Garfield County

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Brush Creek Fire is burning in Garfield County and is threatening structures.

The fire has burned about 100 acres since it started at about 10:12 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire is burning near Douglas Pass on Bureau of Land Management public land 17 miles east of the Utah border. It is situated on Pike Ridge burning in heavy timber with limited access.

Fire crews are working to hold it on the ridge to keep from running over the otp into the next drainage.

There are seven structures north of the incident and two structures within a mile west of the blaze. Engines are providing structure protection with support from two single engine air tankers dropping retardant and a helicopter dropping water.

Smoke jumpers were deployed immediately to begin fighting the fire until wildland engines could reach the area. On scene are seven engines, eight smoke jumpers, two SEATs, one helicopter, and one hand crew. On order are two heavy air tankers, four hand crews, two helicopters and two helitankers. Working on this incident is the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State, and National Park Service.

What started the fire has not been determined.

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