Wildland firefighters are patrolling a 600 acre fire near the Utah–Colorado border, Thursday, ensuring there are no embers remaining that could reignite Mesa County's biggest wildfire of the year.
The Bitter Creek Fire was contained at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Investigators are still trying to determine why the fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. in a remote area between Interstate 70 and the Bookcliffs west of Mack.
High afternoon winds pushed the fire eastward through heatcured grasses and brush. A dirt road helped act as a fire break to keep the fire confined to the west as firefighters were concerned about vulnerable gas wells and pipelines in the area.
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