Crews make progress containing western Colorado wildfires

    A wildfire that burned 51 acres in the Bookcliffs north of Palisade was fully contained over the past weekend.

    Nate White, assistant center manager at the Grand Junction Interagency Dispatch Center, said the lightning-caused Red Rock Fire was first reported at 2:22 p.m. Friday, and fully contained at 7:26 p.m. Sunday.

    At its peak, approximately 65 people were assigned to the fire.

    A light helicopter, two heavy helicopters, four single-engine air tankers, one large tanker and one air attack platform were also used to fight the fire.

    No structures were lost and no injuries were reported to be caused by the fire.

    “Luckily that was a pretty uneventful fire,” White said.

    The Oil Springs Fire, burning 20 miles south of Rangely, was 97% contained as of Saturday, according to the Great Basin Incident Management Type 2 team.

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