Wild Rose Fire 10 percent contained

9:05 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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RIO BLANCO COUNTY - The Wild Rose Fire burning in Rio Blanco County is 10 percent contained.

Due to lighter winds and cooler temperatures, fire crews caught a break from Wednesday's intense fire activity in the Wild Rose Fire.

The Wild Rose Fire is on Texas Mountain in southwest part of the county, seven miles north of the Rio Blanco/Garfield County border.

Fire personnel were back on the fireline Thursday securing an anchor point so crews have a safe area to work from to begin flanking the fire. 

The blaze is 850 acres. A return to high winds, low humidity and high temperatures are expected on Thursday as a Red Flag Warning remains in effect.

Challenges for crews fighting the Wild Rose Fire include spotting up to one mile ahead of the fire, limited access to water, rugged terrain and extreme fire behavior. A Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team will arrive Thursday afternoon to assume management of the Wild Rose Fire which will allow the Northwest Colorado Fire Manage Unit to respond to new and existing incidents.

The first priority is public and firefighter safety while holding the fire from spreading north and east.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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