Pine Gulch Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 133,783 acres
Containment: 44%
Total Personnel: 907
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special Notes: There will be a Virtual Community Meeting TONIGHT, August 24, at 6 p.m. Go to www.facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO/live or use Zoom Meeting ID: 967 6212 6444 Password: 8675309

Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 44% contained. After several days of being tested by winds, the fire edge on the east has not moved. Nearly the entire eastern perimeter and part of the north is now considered
contained, as is a portion on the south/southwest. Primary operational focus is now on Divisions D/E/F and at the Division B/A break.

Fire behavior is expected to be moderate today; however, passing storm cells have the potential for erratic winds, and this could increase fire behavior and cause growth in the north, west, and south.

Fire remained active overnight in Division E where it is backing and flanking down drainages. Dozers worked overnight on the 266 and 265A roads, while crews continued securing and mopping up areas along the 266 Road and Hwy 139 where they had performed successful burning operations on previous nights. There is a horseshoe shaped area between the 256 Road and the 266/267 Road that remains a priority. Outflow winds could push fire north in this area. Direct attack is not an option; the area is steep, rugged, and rocky and not safe for firefighters. Firefighters are
working on alternative options here including indirect control line, dozer line, and the possibility of burning operations to bring the fire to a more manageable and accessible area. Weather allowing, aircraft will fly in this area today and help check the fire’s edge. Firefighters and heavy equipment are still strengthening secondary control lines to the north in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators will complete their work on the 207 and 209 Roads in Division L today, and they will relocate to continue work on roads in Division F. Structure protection crews will assess structures in Divisions F and G.

Firefighters continue monitoring fire behavior at the Divisions B/A break. Fire here remains inside containment lines but is actively burning the available fuels. As in Division E, storm cells remain the concern. Fire managers will keep scouting for further indirect options to help prevent southerly spread.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thunderstorms are forecasted today starting after 2 p.m. with a higher likelihood of moving directly over the fire than on past days. Gusty winds and lightning are the main concern; rainfall is not
predicted. Storm outflow gusts could be up to 25 mph. Temperatures should be slightly cooler today in the high 80s to low 90s and then start to decrease through the week. Relative humidity will be 11-13%. Winds will be west
to northwest, 7-9 mph with gusts to 14. By the end of the week, chances of rain will increase to 20%, and winds will become south/southwest

Evacuations: Garfield County: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). A pre-evacuation order is in effect for all residents of Garfield County west of CO-139 to the Utah border, and any formerly evacuated residents remain in pre-evacuation.

For more information: www.garfieldcounty.net. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation.

Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The V 2/10 Rd. at the 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. just past the Cameo Shooting Range. The 21 Road
north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass north of Loma from mile marker 6 to mile marker 39. BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and
Palisade. Please see: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Air Quality: Air Quality Health Advisories may be issued in areas near the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires. A smoke outlook for the Pine Gulch Fire is available where this update is posted and at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

For more information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Interactive Fire Map: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Smoke Outlook: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Pine Gulch Fire update