Smokejumpers help battle wildfire in Rio Blanco County

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RIO BLANCO COUNTY, Colo. — More than a dozen smokejumpers are helping battle a wildfire in Rio Blanco County.

The Deer Gulch Fire is located approximately 21 miles south/southwest of Meeker, east of County Road 5, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

It was estimated to be 70 acres in size on Sunday and was 10 percent contained.

The fire was reported on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. The fire is burning in Douglas fir and pinion juniper.

Most of the fire is on federal land and a small amount is on private land, official said. No structures were threatened as of Sunday afternoon.

“Current assigned resources include 16 smokejumpers, 1 Type2 IA crew, and 4 engines,” the Bureau of Land Management said on Facebook on Sunday.

“County Road 5 is currently open but being monitored on sight by RBC Road & Bridge slowing traffic and warning of the smoke.  This could change if fire comes down the mountain and creates more smoke hazard,” officials stated Sunday.