UCR: Crews keep Coulter Fire in check north of Rifle Gap Reservoir

RIFLE, Colo. – Crews from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit (UCR) have brought the 28-acre Coulter Fire to 30 percent containment this evening. 

The fire is burning about nine miles north of Rifle Gap Reservoir on White River National Forest land. Sixty firefighters, two engines and two helicopters today kept the fire from expanding. The change in acreage this evening is the result of a better estimate after mapping the fire from the air.

Firefighters have completed a saw line and hose lay around the fire. The area received a small amount of rain this afternoon. Firefighters do not expect the fire to grow further and will continue to strengthen containment lines over the next several days.

Crews responded to the lightning-ignited fire about 4 p.m. yesterday, following a thunderstorm that moved through the area.

The White River National Forest remains under Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prohibit all campfires and charcoal, even in developed areas. For more information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.   

This will be the last update on this fire unless the situation changes.

UCR: Crews keep Coulter Fire in check north of Rifle Gap Reservoir