Rain helped firefighters on Saturday by slowing the growth of a fire burning in a wilderness area northeast of Montrose.

The lightening caused Buttermilk Fire which started on July 23 is in a wilderness area approximately 15 miles north of Montrose.

Because the fire is burning in a designated wilderness area, firefighters are limited in the equipment they can use to fight the fire without further damaging the protected area.

So far, the fire has burned approximately 675 acres of land covered mostly by pinion and juniper.

Aircraft are dumping water on the fire's hot spots while crews on the ground are working to create a control lines in the Red Canyon area. Another crew is working to hold the fire to the ridge above Lime Kiln Gulch.

As of Sunday, July 29, no structures are in danger and no evacuations are planned. C77 Road has been closed to the public for safety reasons and to give firefighters access and an area to stage personnel fighting the fire.

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