Both the East Fork Fire burning near Montrose and the Brush Creek Fire north of Rifle are being declared done deals. The 400-acre Brush Creek Fire is almost 100-percent contained and the 447-acre East Fork Fire is over 70-percent contained and will likely burn itself out.
East Fork Fire Information Officer Steve Stone says pre-evacuation orders have been lifted for cabin owners in the area and most of the region has been reopened to the public. Stone says the area where flames remain is located amidst steep, craggy cliffs that make attacking the inferno head-on all but impossible because of the precipitous terrain.
Stone says that this week’s forecast of the possibility of intermittent thunderstorms is a mixed blessing: firefighters are hoping for rain and equally hopeful that any lightning strikes don’t trigger new wildlfires.