Pine Gulch Fire update

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander
Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 139,007 acres
Containment: 81%
Suppression repair completion: 18%
Total Personnel: 629
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 1 helicopter, 28 engines, 10 bulldozers, 18 water tenders, 2 masticators 3 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Virtual Public Meeting Tonight: Fire personnel will hold a virtual public meeting this evening at 6:00 pm

Access by Zoom: https://usfs.zoomgov.com/j/1608488617?pwd=aWRkN2dzdDJFVmJ5RE1yaWJFeEw3Zz09

Meeting ID: 160 848 8617

Passcode: 128817

Access by Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO You do not need to have a Facebook account to view Facebook Live, but you do need one to type in questions.

Current Situation: Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire. Due to dry weather and gusty winds yesterday, some interior hot spots flared up, but these did not threaten firelines. Firefighters will monitor these areas and take a reconnaissance flight over the fire today to check containment lines made by aircraft (water and retardant drops) in areas inaccessible to fire crews and equipment (mostly in Division B).

Repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire and perimeter. Good progress is being made, but moving heavy equipment takes time on narrow, winding roads. Suppression repair on the east side of the fire (Division Z) is almost complete and yesterday, workers and equipment moved to the northwest side of the fire (Division D/E), working from Road 256 south. Today will be the first full shift of suppression repair in both sides of the fire. Priority areas for returning the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible include access roads used by oil and gas companies and hunters. Fire personnel continue to contact private landowners to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties.

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: Today will be mostly sunny, but cooler, with a 20 percent chance of showers this morning. High temperatures at lower elevations will be near 80 and at higher elevations in the low 70’s. Relative humidity will be 25-30 percent. Temperatures will gradually warm to above normal through this weekend as high pressure brings drier weather.

Evacuations and Pre-Evacuations: Evacuations and pre-evacuations are changing in Garfield County as fire activity decreases. Please go to: www.garfield-county.com and scroll down to the “evacuations” tab for the most recent updates. 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 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. Some BLM lands in the fire area are still closed. Please see: www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire

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.

Pine Gulch Fire update