Cache Creek Fire burning in oil & gas country

July 31, 2018

Colorado, wildfire

Aerial view of Cache Creek Fire from a Forest Service plane on July 30. [Photo: WRNF Cache Creek Fire Facebook page]

Two new wildfires started up on White River National Forest lands on the West Slope this past weekend.

The Cache Creek Fire is burning about 8 miles southwest of Rifle, Colorado, and has grown to over 400 acres as of today. Four cabins along Battlement Creek Reservoir Road have been evacuated.

Oil and gas infrastructure is located both about 2 miles east of the fire and 2 miles north and downhill of the fire. Authorities report the facilities aren’t threatened at this time, but officials continue to coordinate with oil and gas companies.

In addition to the two Type 1 large helicopters, a Type 2 medium helicopter will also be available to support ground resources in this effort, according to the press release.

UPDATE: Cache Creek Fire grows to 200 acres; access challenging

For regular updates follow these links:

InciWeb: Cache Creek Fire

Facebook: Cache Creek Fire

Cabin Lake Fire

The second fire, Cabin Lake Fire is located approx. 5.5 miles south of Buford and approx. 7 miles NW of Meadow Lake Campground. This fire is burning on private lands and White River National Forest lands on the Flat Tops Mountains, a popular recreation area. The Seven Lakes Lodge has been evacuated and CR 10 is closed to Meadow Lake. Meadow Lake Campground remains open.

InciWeb:  Cabin Creek Fire

Other West Slope fires:

Lake Christine Fire near Basalt is 87% contained, and has burned 12,588-acres.

Indian Valley Fire  about 16 miles northwest of Meeker,  is 80% contained and has burned 6,310-acres.

Sulphur Fire located five miles north of Meeker, is 100% contained and has burned 977 acres.

Buttermilk Fire about 15 miles northeast of Montrose, is 0% contained and has burned 684 acres.

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