According to fire investigators, while the precise cause of the Rifle wildfire that is burning across 991 acres was the result of man.
Wednesday, the Rifle fire department received a call at about 1:30 pm reporting the fire that began next to Highway 13, which is still open. With the west wind strong, the fire quickly grew. Due to the ruggedness of the terrain the use of where manpower can be used is limiting. The east and southeast sides of the fire via helicopter and firefighters are fighting to hold the fire back from burning onto Grand Hogbakc’s east slope.
As of Friday, fire fighters had the fire sixty percent contained.