Pine Gulch Fire at 95 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size: 139,007 acres
Containment: 95%
Total personnel: 323
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Current situation: Passage of a cold front yesterday sent temperatures plummeting 40 degrees lower than the day before. Many areas of the fire were at or below freezing. The cold, combined with rain and snow throughout the day, caused firefighters and heavy equipment to stand down after moving equipment to areas with good footing. Approximately 0.5 to 0.75 inches of rain fell, with 1-4 inches of snow above 6,500 feet. Today, firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the Pine Gulch Fire from good roads and backhaul unneeded equipment. With cool and wet weather and containment approaching 100 percent, firefighters and firefighting equipment continue to demobilize from the fire and the incident management team continues preparation to return management of the fire to local agencies.

Assessing and repairing damage from fire suppression will continue throughout the fire perimeter and interior as conditions allow to ensure that actions taken to fight the fire, such as building firelines, do not have long-lasting impacts to natural resources. Priority areas for remaining work include the Douglas Pass area on the west side of the fire (Divisions D/E), including Highway 139, Barrel Springs Road and County Road 256. In the fire’s interior, priority areas are along Lonesome Ridge on the western side of the fire.

Weather forecast and fire behavior: Today will be mostly cloudy, becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. A low pressure system remains over the area with a 60 percent chance for precipitation. The best chance for rain and snow showers (as low as 6,000 feet) is early to mid-morning. More showers, including isolated thunderstorms, could develop during the afternoon and evening. Another 0.10 to 0.30 inches of rain could fall. High temperatures at low elevations will be in the upper 40s and at high elevations near 40 degrees. Relative humidity will be 35-60 percent. Winds will be from the northeast, 7-15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. A slow warming and drying trend will begin tomorrow.

No fire perimeter growth is expected today. Given the weather, there are no areas of concern in the Pine Gulch Fire for fire behavior. Light live and dead vegetation will be wet and unlikely to burn, heavy material will remain mostly shaded by cloud cover and will continue getting moister.

Area closures: A Bureau of Land Management area closure is in effect for lands managed by the agency in the fire area. Areas are closed beyond the following road junctions:

  • 266 Road at Highway 139
  • County Road 200 at County Line
  • 21 Road at entrance to Hunter Canyon
  • 16 Road at V8/10 Road
  • County (Roan Creek) Road 204 at 209 intersection
  • End of V2/10 Road at BLM closure
  • Q 5/10 Road at 18 Road
  • Garvey Canyon Road

For more information, see www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire

Open areas:

  • County Road 256 east of Douglas Pass
  • Base of Bookcliffs
  • Coal Canyon
  • North Fruita Desert, 18 Road, campground and bike trails
  • V 2/10 Road north of the Wild Horse Management Area
  • Mount Garfield hiking trail to foot travel

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.

Equipment and personnel: 2 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 12 engines, 8 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 skidgen and overhead/support personnel.

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
Highway information: https://cotrip.org/home.htm

Pine Gulch Fire at 95 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire update – containment 87 percent

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: 139,007 acres
Containment: 87%
Total personnel: 390
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special note: Today’s rain may cause areas of debris slides or gully washes. Please use caution when driving on dirt roads. Please note there is still an area closure in effect for the fire (see below).

Current situation: Firefighters continue to monitor and patrol the Pine Gulch Fire from good roads, especially in the northwest area of the fire along Highway 139 and County Road 266. With cooler and wetter weather and containment approaching 100 percent, firefighters and firefighting equipment are demobilizing from the fire and the incident management team is preparing to return management of the fire back to local agencies by the end of the week.

Assessing and repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire perimeter and interior to ensure that actions taken to fight the fire, such as building firelines, do not have long-lasting impacts to natural resources. Good progress is being made as hand crews work in tandem with heavy equipment. Yesterday grinding up brush along the X5/10 Road to County Road 200 (Division A) was completed and the masticator will be released from the incident today. Suppression repair work will continue today, including work along Roan Creek Road (204) in Division Z and on County Road 222 in Division A on the east side of the fire, and work in the Douglas Pass area on the west side of the fire (Divisions D/E), including Highway 139, Barrel Springs Road and County Road 256. In the fire’s interior, repair will continue in the Lonesome Ridge area on the western side of the fire. Today’s weather will help suppression repair work by dampening soil that was loose and dry so that graders and other equipment can repair roads without the use of water tenders.

Weather forecast and fire behavior: “It’s going to be pretty nippy out there,” said incident meteorologist Andrew Deemer, as on the heels of a Red Flag Warning Day, a strong cold front moves through. Today will be mostly to partly cloudy with 100 percent chance of wetting rain. Rainfall totals for the day are likely to be 0.25-.50 inches. Snow will likely remain above 8,000 feet where 2-4 inches is possible. High temperatures at low elevations will be near 50 degrees and at high elevations near 40 degrees. Relative humidity will be 30-45 percent. Winds will be from the north, 10-15 mph, with gusts at low elevations up to 25 mph and on ridges up to 45 mph. Strong gusts could persist for much of the day and subside after sunset. Wednesday morning temperatures will be cold, dropping into the low 40s/upper 30s in the lowest elevations. The freeze level could drop as low as 6,500 feet.

No fire perimeter growth is expected today. Given the weather, there are no areas of concern in the Pine Gulch Fire for fire behavior. Fine live and dead vegetation will be wet and unlikely to burn, but heavier materials are still extremely dry and may continue to smolder in sheltered locations. Potential for fire growth outside of current firelines is low.

Area closures: A Bureau of Land Management area closure is in effect for lands managed by the agency in the fire area. Areas are closed beyond the following road junctions:

  • 266 Road at Highway 139
  • County Road 200 at County Line
  • 21 Road at entrance to Hunter Canyon
  • 16 Road at V8/10 Road
  • County (Roan Creek) Road 204 at 209 intersection
  • End of V2/10 Road at BLM closure
  • Q 5/10 Road at 18 Road
  • Garvey Canyon Road

For more information, see www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire

Open areas:

  • County Road 256 east of Douglas Pass
  • Base of Bookcliffs
  • Coal Canyon
  • North Fruita Desert, 18 Road, campground and bike trails
  • V 2/10 Road north of the Wild Horse Management Area
  • Mount Garfield hiking trail to foot travel

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.

Equipment and personnel: 3 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 7 engines, 5 bulldozers, 5 water tenders, 1 masticator, 1 skidgen and overhead/support personnel.

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
Highway information: https://cotrip.org/home.htm

Pine Gulch Fire update – containment 87 percent

Forest Service and BLM modify Grizzly Creek Fire closure area

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management are modifying the closure area for the Grizzly Creek Fire beginning Friday, Sept 4.

The closure area is being reduced to better align with current fire suppression and suppression repair activities.

“We know there is a lot of interest in accessing these areas for recreation, including hunting,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Larry Sandoval. “We’ve reduced the closure area where it is safe to do so.”
“We still have more than 600 personnel working this 32,000-acre fire, which is not fully contained,” said White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “Many areas near the Grizzly Creek Fire remain closed for firefighter and public safety.”

The Coffee Pot Road and Transfer Trail Road remain closed. The western boundary of the closure includes Forest Service Roads 602 and 637.
The Boy Scout/Lookout Mountain, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake, Mitchell Creek, and No Name trails are closed. The recreation areas and boat ramps on the Colorado River from Dotsero through Glenwood Canyon to No Name are closed. Above Dotsero, Cottonwood Landing is open to put in and take out. Lyons Campground is open to take out only.

The Sweetwater Road is open and offers an alternate access point into the eastern Flat Tops Wilderness. Clinetop Mesa Road is open. The Heart Lake and Deep Lake area is open and accessible from the west. The BLM trails at Onion Ridge and Keyser Creek are open.

The BLM and White River National Forest will continue to review area closures and will modify further if circumstances allow.

Maps of the closure are available online at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/, https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver, and https://www.blm.gov/colorado.

Forest Service and BLM modify Grizzly Creek Fire closure area

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 139,000 acres, 77 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 139,006 acres
Containment: 77%
Total personnel: 915
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special Notes: Because of more accurate mapping yesterday that included previously unburned islands within the fire perimeter, the Pine Gulch Fire is now 139,006 acres, making it the largest wildfire in Colorado history. Firefighting efforts on the Pine Gulch Fire have been highly successful; the fire is now 77% contained.

The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will be transitioning command of the Pine Gulch Fire to the Southern Area Type 1 Red Team on Sunday morning, August 30. Members of the Southern Area team are beginning to arrive today, and tomorrow will be a “shadow day” where members of both teams work closely together to ensure an efficient and thorough transition.

Garfield county has removed the pre-evacuation for all areas west of Hwy 139 to the Utah border. BLM closures in the fire area have been reduced, but some are still in effect: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM.

Current situation: Yesterday, most of the observed fire activity was interior burning of unburned fuels that posed no threat to containment lines. Similar behavior is expected today, with minimal chance of spread outside the fire perimeter. Interior burning is most likely in the East Salt Creek area in Division F and on the west side in Division D.

More containment was added to all sides of the Pine Gulch Fire, including on the northeast in Division K, the south side at the Division A/B break, along Hwy 139 in Divisions D and E, and in the East Salt Creek area in Division F. There is still some open line and heat in the area near the Division A/B break, but there has been no fire movement for many days. Similarly, there is still open line and heat in Divisions B and D in the Munger Creek area, but no movement, and this area will be monitored from Hwy 139 as well as from the air. Fire above the retired mine near Hwy 139 has checked itself in natural barriers with no recent movement.

Today, crews in Divisions K, Z, and A will patrol and monitor as well as backhaul unneeded equipment including structure protection equipment near homes on the Roan Creek Rd. In Divisions F, handline created by hotshots in the East Salt Creek area is complete; however, there are still several days of work left to completely mop-up and secure this edge. This area is steep and severe terrain that is accessible only by foot, so this work requires time and patience.

As activity on the Pine Gulch Fire quickly diminishes, fire managers are rightsizing the organization to appropriately fit the current needs. Many resources will be demobilized today so that they can be sent to other fires where the need is now greater. A nighttime operational period is no longer necessary on the Pine Gulch Fire; all future work will be performed during daytime hours.

Focus is now on structure suppression repair (actions that help minimize damage to soil, water, and other resources directly attributable to fire suppression activities) and rehabilitation of impacted areas. Resource Advisors will work with crews to direct efforts, and today these efforts will begin in the SE corner of the fire in Division A.

Weather & fuel conditions: Today brings more chances of thunderstorms starting at 12 p.m. with the potential for wind gusts up to 40 mph. There is a 10% chance of wetting rain. Maximum temperature is around 89 with 19-22% minimum relative humidity. Winds are forecast from the southwest at 5-8 mph with gusts up to 17. There is an increasing chance for thunderstorms and moisture in the coming days. As the chance of rainfall increases, so does the threat of flash flooding and debris flow. Any new fire starts in the vicinity still have significant potential for growth.

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.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.

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 9 Type 2 hand crews, 7 helicopters, 60 engines, 13 bulldozers, 26 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 139,000 acres, 77 percent containment

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire 53 percent contained, minimal growth yesterday

Pine Gulch Fire Update – August 27, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 135,958 acres
Containment: 53%
Total Personnel: 935
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Current situation: There was minimal growth on the Pine Gulch Fire yesterday (38 acres). Active fire spread outside the fire perimeter should be limited again today due to successful containment lines. Most fire activity will be interior burning when fire picks up pockets of unburned fuels. Today, this is most likely on the west side in Division D, where smoke may be seen coming from within the fire perimeter.

Crews were highly successful in their efforts to build direct control line in the East Salt Creek area of Division F, and this control line is holding well. Today, heavy equipment operators will work to complete secondary control lines north of there. More containment was added in Division K yesterday, and the Pine Gulch Fire is now 53% contained. In Divisions K, Z, and A, firefighters are backhauling unneeded equipment. Some equipment and personnel will be released so they can be utilized on other fires in the region where the need is greater. The fire near the Division A/B break shows no signs of breaching containment lines, and Divisions B and D are in patrol and monitor status. Crews in Division E will work on any remaining mop-up needs.

The overall focus on the Pine Gulch Fire is quickly shifting from fire suppression to suppression repair. Suppression repair involves actions that help minimize damage to soil, water, and other resources directly attributable to fire suppression activities. Firefighters will work with specialists called Resource Advisors who will help ascertain needs.

Thunderstorms were widespread just north of the fire yesterday with one moving directly over the eastern half of the fire. This prompted a brief Flash Flood Warning for the eastern half of the Pine Gulch fire. There was a small amount of debris flow near Kimball Creek Rd. More thunderstorms are predicted, and these bring the potential for debris flows and flash flooding.

Weather & fuel conditions: The chance of thunderstorms will continue. Any storms that develop could produce winds gusts up to 40 mph. There is a 15% chance of wetting rain. Maximum temperature is around 90 with 19-22% relative humidity. Winds are forecast from the west-southwest at 8-11 mph with gusts up to 19. The coming days bring more chance for thunderstorms with similar chance for gustier winds. As the chance of rainfall increases, so does the threat of flash flooding and debris flow. While there has been moisture in the area, its effects will be short term because of continued drought conditions; any new fire starts in the vicinity still have the potential for growth.

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. 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

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 8 helicopters, 66 engines, 14 bulldozers,
26 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire 53 percent contained, minimal growth yesterday

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

8.26.20, 3:36 p.m. – The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a flash flood warning for the Pine Gulch Fire burn area in southwestern Garfield County until 6:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 26. At 3:36 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire burn area. Between 0.25 and 0.5 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch Burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

This is a life-threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks, streams and ditches in the Pine Gulch Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters, climb to safety.

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 135,920 acres, 47 percent containment

Special note: The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has opened CO 139/Douglas Pass Rd., but travelers must plan for lower speed limits and for possible future closures due to mudslides or other events. There is no stopping or standing. Watch for fire and emergency vehicles. The area is being patrolled. All updates will continue to be posted to www.COtrip.org and CDOT’s Facebook and Twitter.

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 135,920 acres
Containment: 47%
Total Personnel: 935
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Current situation: Outflow winds entered the fire area overnight and moved through drainages, but they did not significantly impact fire behavior or growth. Operations in East Salt Creek in Division F have been highly successful. Fire has backed down into the bottom of the drainage, and heavy equipment operators and firefighters have been able to work near the fire’s edge. During the night operational period, crews completed dozer line from Barrel Creek east to the 289 Road. Firefighters then conducted successful burning operations utilizing both hand ignitions and UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). Today and in the coming days, hotshot crews will create direct control line at the fire’s edge in the bottom of East Salt Creek. This will be pivotal in helping to prevent fire spread to the north. The terrain here is unforgiving; these highly skilled crews will work swiftly and will be aided by aircraft from above.

Elsewhere in Division F, crews and heavy equipment operators expect to complete most of their work on secondary control lines today. They will continue utilizing logging equipment to remove heavy fuels near control lines. All such preparation work is now complete in Division L.
In Division K on the north, all control line is holding well, and most of the fire perimeter here is now considered contained. Crews will be “backhauling” (removing unneeded equipment) from Division K today, both near control lines and around homes. Similar work is happening in Divisions Z and A.

At the Division A/B break, there has been a small amount of fire growth to the south, but it has not threatened the control line. The rest of Division B as well as Division D remains quiet. The fire is slowly creeping and consuming unburned fuel, but it is primarily hung up in natural features and rocks. Along Hwy 139, control line is holding well.

Yesterday, smoke columns were visible over the fire. This was primarily from pockets of unburned fuel burning well within the interior of the fire where it is not a threat. This may be seen again today.Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thunderstorms are again forecast between 12 p.m. and midnight. There is a 15% chance of rain. Temperature highs will be in the low 90s, and relative humidity should be in the upper teens. Winds should remain light today at 6-9 mph from the north to northwest. Storms could produce gustier outflow winds up to 25 mph, and these could have a southerly component. Fuels remain dry and receptive to burning and spotting.

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.

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. 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.

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 10 Type 2 hand crews, 8 helicopters, 62 engines, 14 bulldozers, 24 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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

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RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire en 135,920 acres, 47 por ciento de contención

Actualización del Fuego Pine Gulch – Agosto 26, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Estadísticas del Fuego Pine Gulch:
Tamaño:
135,920 acres
Contención: 47%
Personal total: 935
Ubicación: Aproximadamente 18 miles al norte de Grand Junction, CO
Reportado: July 31, aproximadamente 5:15 p.m.
Causa: Relámpago

Nota especial: CDOT ha abierto CO 139 / Douglas Pass Rd., Pero los viajeros deberían esperar límites de velocidad más bajos y la posibilidad de cierres futuros debido a deslizamientos de tierra u otros eventos. No debería detener los vehículos ni ponerse de pie en la calle. Estén atento a los vehículos de emergencia. La zona está siendo patrullada por bomberos. Todas las actualizaciones se seguirán publicando en COtrip.org y en el Facebook y Twitter de CDOT.

Situación actual: Los vientos fuertes entraron al área del incendio durante la noche y se movieron a través de drenajes, pero no afectaron significativamente el comportamiento o crecimiento del fuego. Las operaciones en East Salt Creek en la División F han tenido mucho éxito. El fuego ha retrocedido hasta el fondo del drenaje y los operadores de equipos pesados y los bomberos han podido trabajar cerca del borde del incendio. Durante la noche, los equipos completaron la línea de topadoras desde Barrel Creek hacia el este hasta 289 Road. Luego, los bomberos llevaron a cabo operaciones de quema exitosas utilizando igniciones manuales y UAS (sistema aéreo no tripulado). Hoy y en los próximos días, los equipos de Hotshots (bomberos altamente calificados) crearán una línea de control directo en el borde del incendio en el fondo de East Salt Creek. Esto será fundamental para ayudar a prevenir la propagación del fuego hacia el norte. El terreno aquí es implacable; estos bomberos especialistas trabajarán rápidamente y serán asistidas por aviones desde arriba.

En otras partes de la División F, los equipos de bomberos y los operadores de equipos pesados esperan completar la mayor parte de su trabajo en las líneas de control secundarias hoy. Continuarán utilizando equipo pesado para eliminar combustibles pesados cerca de las líneas de control. Todo ese trabajo de preparación está ahora completo en la División L.

En la División K en el norte, toda la línea de control se mantiene bien, y la mayor parte del perímetro de fuego aquí, ahora se considera contenido. Los bomberos estarán “retrocediendo” (eliminando el equipo innecesario) de la División K hoy, tanto cerca de las líneas de control como alrededor de las casas. Se está realizando un trabajo similar en las Divisiones Z y A.

Entre las Divisiónes A / B, ha habido un pequeño crecimiento de fuego hacia el sur, pero no ha cruzado la línea de control. El resto de la División B, así como la División D, permanece quieto. El fuego sigue avanzando lentamente, pero se queda principalmente en rocas y elementos naturales que no queman. A lo largo de la Hwy 139, la línea de control se mantiene bien.

Ayer, se veían columnas de humo sobre el fuego. Esto fue principalmente partes en el interior del fuego que todavía no han quemado, donde no es una amenaza a las líneas de control. Esto se puede ver de nuevo hoy.

Condiciones meteorológicas y de combustible: las tormentas eléctricas se pronostican nuevamente entre las 12 p.m. y medianoche. Hay un 15% de probabilidad de lluvia. Las temperaturas máximas estarán por debajo de los 90 grados, y la humedad relativa debe estar entre 15-20%. Los vientos deberían permanecer ligeros hoy a 6-9 mph de norte a noroeste. Las tormentas podrían producir vientos más fuertes de hasta 25 mph, y estos podrían tener un componente del sur. Los combustibles permanecen secos y receptivos a quemar.

Evacuaciones: Condado de Garfield: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). Una orden previa a la evacuación está en vigor para todos los residentes del condado de Garfield al oeste de CO-139 hacia la frontera de Utah, y cualquier residente que haya sido evacuado permanece en situación previa a la evacuación.. Para obtener más información: www.garfieldcounty.net Actualmente no hay evacuaciones previas o evacuaciones en el condado de Mesa: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation Cierres: Roan Creek Road (204) en North Dry Fork (200). La V 2/10 Rd. en la 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. justo después del campo de tiro de Cameo. La carretera 21 al norte del límite de BLM, la carretera 16 en la carretera V 8/10 y la carretera Q 5/10 están cerradas en 18 Rd. BLM aterriza al norte de Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction y Palisade. Consulte: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Calidad del aire: Se pueden emitir avisos de salud sobre la calidad del aire en áreas cercanas a los incendios de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek. Una perspectiva de humo para Pine Gulch Fire está disponible donde se publica esta actualización y en https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. Para obtener más información sobre los niveles de humo, visite https://airnow.gov

Alertas de emergencia: para el condado de Garfield, visite garco911.com. Alertas del condado de Mesa, visite bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Restricciones de vuelo temporales: Hay una restricción de vuelo temporal sobre el incendio de Pine Gulch. Los incendios forestales son una zona prohibida para los drones. Si usted vuela, no podemos. Para obtener más información, visite http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Para mas información:
Officina:
(970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Consultas de los medios: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Corro Electrónico: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Mapa interactivo: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Perspectiva de humo: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Los Recursos Incluyen: 3 equipos de bomberos de tipo 1, 10 Equipos de bomberos de tipo 2, 8 helicópteros, 62 camiones de bombero, 14 topadores, 24 camiones de agua, y varias personas de apoyo.

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 135,920 acres, 47 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire at 135,000 acres, 47 percent containment

Update: 8.25.20, 4:34 p.m. – RMIMT – We are getting a lot of questions about recreation near the Pine Gulch Fire area. Besides the road closures put in place by the county sheriffs, the BLM has a closure order for the fire area. (See attached map and order). This order has not changed nor been removed, as there is still active fire and heavy fire traffic in the area.

Wildfires often have a large impact on recreation. Local and visiting populations are affected, which include short and long-term effects on the land, indirect effects of fire operations, fuel treatments, area closures, and other disruptions to the public. Unfortunately, there can be substantial impacts of fire on outdoor recreation now and into the future.

As containment increases, the public often asks when area and road closures will be lifted. This is especially true in popular recreating and hunting areas. It’s important to note that containment does not mean a fire is out, or that the danger has passed. Containment percentage doesn’t correlate to safety level within the fire. The fire continues to burn within the interior for many weeks. Even after active burning has dissipated, the effects of a wildfire on a watershed can be substantial, causing immediate issues and long term effects. Rates of erosion and runoff can increase to dangerous levels following wildfires.

Due to the immediate and long-term risks to both the public and the land, closures often remain in place long after containment is reached. This keeps the public safe and gives the land a chance to heal. All decisions on road and area closures are made by the local agencies that manages the roads and lands. In this case, the BLM Grand Junction Field Office will decide when it is safe to update the area closure in the Pine Gulch Fire area. They will coordinate with Fire mangers, Colorado Division of Wildlife, other state agencies, and local jurisdictions to determine this change. As always, safety of the public and our firefighters is the greatest factor in these decisions.

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size: approximately 134,999 acres
Containment: 47%
Total personnel: 907
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Current situation: As wind increased yesterday afternoon, fire activity intensified in Division F in the uncontained horseshoe-shaped area just east of the 267 Road. As the inversion lifted, the fire became plume-dominated; these plumes were very visible from surrounding areas. Fire has established itself in this bowl, moving up Corral Canyon and onto the ridge near Long Point. Fire has not moved into the upper Roan Creek drainage.

There will be heavy aircraft presence in this area today, helping to slow fire progression as crews and dozer operators work to reinforce, connect, and construct the pre-identified control lines north of the fire front. Firefighters will utilize logging equipment to remove heavy fuels in this area, and four more hand crews will arrive today to assist with hand line construction in Division F. Fire managers are constantly evaluating this area for options to engage the fire more aggressively; however, firefighter safety will always remain the number one priority. Indirect tactics are still most appropriate until the fire moves into terrain that poses less risk to firefighters.
Firefighters north of the 256 Road in Divisions G, F, and L are continuing to assess structures and implement protection measures.

Last night in Division E, crews conducted more successful burning operations near Hwy 139. They worked from just north of the coal mine area (between mile markers 19 and 20) up for two and a half miles where they tied into previous burning operations. The entire area along Hwy 139 is holding well, and firefighters will secure and mop-up this edge today.
Fire activity has been minimal along the west edge in Division B, and crews will monitor for any changes. At the Division B/A break near the Hunter Burn scar, fire activity was minimal yesterday. Firefighters will closely monitor this area again today, as outflow winds could contribute to an increase in fire behavior.

Division K on the north is still holding well, and a small amount of containment or “black line” was added to the map heading west along the 204. Today, crews will secure and mop up along the 204 as it moves west toward the Division K/E break.

Weather & fuel conditions: Thunderstorms will be in the area again today starting from 2 p.m. and going through midnight. Storms could bring lightning and outflow winds up to 25 mph. There is a 10% chance of rainfall and chances are increasing throughout the week. Temperature highs are 87-91 with relative humidity increasing to 15-18%. Increasing moisture brings with it increasing chance of thunderstorms throughout the week. Winds today will be northeast, turning north, then northwest, 7-9 mph with gusts to 14; however, there could also be a west to southwest component as inversions break. Two inversions are present today, one in the low levels that breaks in the late morning, and a stronger inversion aloft that is holding until roughly 4 p.m. As the higher inversion breaks, it will allow winds to make their way into the canyons. Fuels remain dry and receptive to burning and spotting.

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.

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

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 9 Type 2 hand crews, 8 helicopters, 69 engines, 14 bulldozers, 24 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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Pine Gulch Fire en 135,000 acres, 47 por ciento de contención

Actualización del Fuego Pine Gulch
Agosto 25, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Estadísticas del Fuego Pine Gulch:
Tamaño:
134,999 acres
Contención: 47%
Personal total: 907
Ubicación: Aproximadamente 18 miles al norte de Grand Junction, CO
Reportado: July 31, aproximadamente 5:15 p.m.
Causa: Relámpago

Situación actual: A medida que aumentaba el viento ayer por la tarde, la actividad de incendios se intensificó en la División F en el área al este de la carretera 267. A medida que se elevaba la inversión, el comportamiento del fuego en esta área se aumentó; estas plumas se podían ver desde las áreas circundantes. El fuego se ha establecido en ésta area, subiendo por Corral Canyon y hacia la cresta cerca de Long Point. El fuego no se ha trasladado al drenaje superior de Roan Creek. Habrá presencia de aviones pesados en esta área hoy, lo que ayudará a ralentizar la progresión del fuego a medida que los equipos de bomberos y los operadores de topadoras trabajan para reforzar, y construir las líneas de control al norte del frente de fuego. Los bomberos utilizarán equipo pesado para eliminar los combustibles pesados en esta área, y cuatro equipos de bomberos llegarán hoy para ayudar con la construcción de la línea en la División F. Los gerentes de bomberos están evaluando constantemente esta área en busca de opciones para atacar el fuego de manera más agresiva; sin embargo, la seguridad de los bomberos siempre será la prioridad número uno. Las tácticas indirectas siguen siendo las más apropiadas hasta que el fuego mueva a un terreno que presenta menos riesgo para los bomberos.

Los bomberos trabajando al norte de la carretera 256 en las divisiones G, F y L continúan evaluando estructuras e implementando medidas de protección.

Anoche en la División E, los equipos llevaron a cabo operaciones de quema más exitosas cerca de la Hwy 139. Trabajaron desde el norte del área de la mina de carbón (entre los marcadores de milla 19 y 20) hasta dos millas y media, donde se relacionaron con operaciones de quema anteriores. Toda el área a lo largo de la Hwy 139 se mantiene bien, y los bomberos asegurarán y limpiarán este borde hoy.

El comportamiento del fuego ha sido mínima a lo largo del borde oeste en la División B, y los bomberos monitorearán si hay un cambio. Entre las Divisiónes B / A, cerca de la cicatriz de Hunter Burn, el comportamiento del fuego fue mínima ayer. Los bomberos monitorearán esta área nuevamente hoy, ya que los vientos podrían contribuir a un aumento en el comportamiento del fuego.

La División K en el norte todavía se mantiene bien, y se agregó una pequeña cantidad de contención o “línea negra” al mapa en dirección oeste a lo largo de la 204. Hoy, los bomberos asegurarán y limpiarán a lo largo de la 204 a medida que avanza hacia el oeste hacia la División. Descanso K / E.

Condiciones meteorológicas y del combustible: hoy habrá tormentas eléctricas en el área a partir de las 2 p.m. y pasando hasta la medianoche. Las tormentas pueden traer relámpagos y vientos de salida de hasta 25 mph. Hay un 10% de probabilidad de lluvia y las probabilidades aumentarán durante la semana. Los máximos de temperatura son 87-91 con humedad relativa aumentando a 15-18%. El aumento de la humedad trae consigo una mayor probabilidad de tormentas eléctricas durante la semana. Los vientos de hoy serán del noreste, girando al norte, luego al noroeste, 7-9 mph con ráfagas de 14; sin embargo, también podría haber un componente de oeste a suroeste a medida que se rompen las inversiones. Hoy hay dos inversiones, una en los niveles bajos que se rompe a las 11 de la mañana y una inversión más fuerte que se mantiene hasta aproximadamente las 4 p.m. A medida que se rompa la inversión más alta, permitirá que los vientos entren en los cañones. Los combustibles permanecen secos y receptivos al fuego.

Evacuaciones: Condado de Garfield: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). Una orden previa a la evacuación está en vigor para todos los residentes del condado de Garfield al oeste de CO-139 hacia la frontera de Utah, y cualquier residente que haya sido evacuado permanece en situación previa a la evacuación. Para obtener más información: www.garfieldcounty.net. Actualmente no hay evacuaciones previas o evacuaciones en el condado de Mesa: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation.

Cierres: Roan Creek Road (204) en North Dry Fork (200). La V 2/10 Rd. en la 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. justo después del campo de tiro de Cameo. La carretera 21 al norte del límite de BLM, la carretera 16 en la carretera V 8/10 y la carretera Q 5/10 están cerradas en 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass al norte de Loma desde la milla 6 hasta la milla 39. BLM aterriza al norte de Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction y Palisade. Consulte: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Calidad del aire: Se pueden emitir avisos de salud sobre la calidad del aire en áreas cercanas a los incendios de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek. Una perspectiva de humo para Pine Gulch Fire está disponible donde se publica esta actualización y en https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. Para obtener más información sobre los niveles de humo, visite https://airnow.gov

Alertas de emergencia: para el condado de Garfield, visite garco911.com. Alertas del condado de Mesa, visite bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Restricciones de vuelo temporales: Hay una restricción de vuelo temporal sobre el incendio de Pine Gulch. Los incendios forestales son una zona prohibida para los drones. Si vuela, no podemos. Para obtener más información, visite http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Para mas información:
Officina: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Consultas de los medios: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Corro Electrónico: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Mapa Interactivo: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Perspectiva de humo: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Los Recursos Incluyen: 3 equipos de bomberos de tipo 1, 9 Equipos de bomberos de tipo 2, 8 helicópteros, 69 camiones de bombero, 14 topadores, 24 camiones de agua, y varias personas de apoyo.

Pine Gulch Fire at 135,000 acres, 47 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire at 124,934 acres, 17 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire update – August 21, 2020 – 10 a.m., Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team:

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 124,934 acres
Containment: 17%
Total Personnel: 893
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special notes: The BLM has implemented an area closure for BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade. Please see: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Current situation: Yesterday, fire behavior remained relatively moderate for most of the day; however, it increased in the afternoon. Most of the activity was on the south side of the fire, near the Hunter Burn scar at the Division B/A break. Storm cells settled over the fire in this area, and outflow winds pushed fire east toward the established dozer line as predicted, but the dozer line is holding. Crews also accomplished successful burning operations in this area overnight, helping to hold the fire at the dozer line. As the inversion lifts and winds align with terrain, this area may become active again today, and crews will perform more burning operations as conditions permit. Further west in Division B, fire began to fill in the unburned area in Garvey Canyon, helping to even up that edge of the fire.

In Divisions D and E on the west, the focus remains on Hwy 139 as a containment line, and crews will look for opportunities to perform burning operations between the highway and the fire as conditions allow. The 256 and 289 Roads remain control features; however, fuels here are heavy and terrain is steep, making it an unsafe area to directly engage the fire. If conditions allow, firefighters will perform burning operations in the coming days to help keep the fire east of Douglas Pass, where they may be able to engage it on more favorable ground. Fire managers also acknowledge the reality that upcoming weather and terrain could align in a way that causes growth into the Douglas Pass area. Crews are therefore performing structure assessment and preparation for values at the top of Douglas Pass, and firefighters are preparing multiple roads north of the 256 Road in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators have already been working for several days to widen and improve roads in Division L to the north. In Division K, keeping the fire south of the 204 Road remains a priority. The east side of the fire has checked itself on natural barriers such as the Book Cliffs, and Divisions Z and A have continued to withstand the test of winds.

Firefighters assigned specifically to structure protection groups will be working on the west side of the fire today and along Hwy 139 to assess and prepare values in that area. Pine Gulch Fire operations are active 24 hours a day. Night operations are heavily staffed, with firefighters patrolling, assessing, and performing burning operations if called for.

Weather & fuel conditions: Mostly sunny today with a few cumulus clouds developing in the afternoon. Thunderstorms are possible, but drier air is moving into the region, so chances are slight. High pressure persists, keeping conditions hot and dry with temperatures up to 95 and relative humidity from 10-12%. Humidities may drop into single digits again as week goes on. Today’s winds will come from the ENE, shifting to come form the N and finally the NW at 8-11 mph with gusts 10-20 mph. Division B could again see winds from the south/southwest. Overall atmospheric conditions remain unstable.

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

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 9 Type 2 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 64 engines, 11 bulldozers, 16 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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Actualización del Fuego Pine Gulch
Agosto 21, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Estadísticas del Fuego Pine Gulch:
Tamaño:
124,934 acres
Contención: 17%
Personal total: 893
Ubicación: Aproximadamente 18 miles al norte de Grand Junction, CO
Reportado: July 31, aproximadamente 5:15 p.m.
Causa: Relámpago

Notas especiales: El BLM ha implementado un cierre de área para las tierras de BLM al norte de Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction y Palisade. Consulte: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Situación actual: Ayer, el comportamiento del fuego fue relativamente moderado durante la mayor parte del día; sin embargo, aumentó por la tarde. La mayor parte de la actividad fue en el lado sur del fuego, cerca de la cicatriz del fuego Hunter entre las Divisiónes B / A. Las células de tormenta se asentaron sobre el fuego en esta área, y los vientos empujaron el fuego hacia el este hacia la línea de control establecida como se predijo, pero la línea de control se mantiene. Los bomberos también realizaron operaciones de quema exitosas en esta área durante la noche, ayudando a contener el fuego en la línea de control. A medida que la inversión se eleva y los vientos se alinean con el terreno, esta área puede volver a activarse hoy y los bomberos realizarán más operaciones de quema si las condiciones lo permiten. Más al oeste en la División B, el fuego comenzó a llenar el área en Garvey Canyon que todavía no ha quemado, ayudando a apoyar ese borde del fuego. En las Divisiones D y E en el oeste, el enfoque permanece en la Hwy 139 como línea de contención, y los bomberos buscarán oportunidades para realizar operaciones de quema entre la carretera y el incendio según las condiciones lo permitan. Las carreteras 256 y 289 siguen siendo funciones de control; sin embargo, los combustibles aquí son pesados y el terreno es empinado, por lo que es un área insegura para atacar directamente el fuego. Si las condiciones lo permiten, los bomberos realizarán operaciones de quema en los próximos días para ayudar a mantener el fuego al este de Douglas Pass, donde es posible que puedan atacarlo en un terreno más favorable. Los administradores de incendios también reconocen la realidad de que el clima y el terreno próximos podrían alinearse de una manera que provoque el crecimiento en el área de Douglas Pass. Por lo tanto, los equipos están realizando una evaluación de la estructura y preparación para los valores en la parte superior de Douglas Pass, y los bomberos están preparando varias carreteras al norte de la 256 Road en las Divisiones F y L. Los operadores de equipos pesados ya han estado trabajando durante varios días para mejorar las carreteras en División L al norte. En la División K, mantener el fuego al sur de la 204 Road sigue siendo una prioridad. El lado este del fuego se ha controlado a sí mismo en barreras naturales como los bookcliffs, y las divisiones Z y A han continuado resistiendo la prueba de los vientos.

Los bomberos asignados específicamente a grupos de protección de estructuras trabajarán en el lado oeste del incendio hoy y a lo largo de la Hwy 139 para evaluar y preparar los valores en esa área. Las operaciones de Pine Gulch Fire están activas las 24 horas del día. Las operaciones nocturnas cuentan con una gran cantidad de personal, y los bomberos patrullan, evalúan y realizan operaciones de quema si es necesario.

Condiciones meteorológicas y de combustible: Hoy suele estar soleado con algunos cúmulos por la tarde. Las tormentas eléctricas son posibles, pero el aire más seco se está moviendo hacia la región, por lo que las posibilidades son mínimas. La alta presión persiste, manteniendo las condiciones cálidas y secas con temperaturas de hasta 95ºC y humedad relativa del 10-12%. Las humedades pueden volver a caer a un solo dígito a medida que avanza la semana. Los vientos de hoy vendrán del ENE, cambiando para venir desde el N y finalmente el NW a 8-11 mph con ráfagas de 10-20 mph. La División B pudo volver a ver vientos del sur / suroeste. Las condiciones atmosféricas generales siguen siendo inestables.

Evacuaciones: Condado de Garfield: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). Hay una orden pre-evacuación para todos los residentes del condado de Garfield al oeste de CO-139 hacia la frontera de Utah, y cualquier residente que haya sido evacuado permanece en situación de pre-evacuación. Para obtener más información: www.garfieldcounty.net. No hay evacuaciones en el condado de Mesa: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation.

Cierres: Roan Creek Road (204) en North Dry Fork (200). La V 2/10 Rd. en la 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. justo después del campo de tiro de Cameo. La carretera 21 al norte del límite de BLM, la carretera 16 en la carretera V 8/10 y la carretera Q 5/10 están cerradas en 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass al norte de Loma desde la milla 6 hasta la milla 39. BLM aterriza al norte de Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction y Palisade. Consulte: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Calidad del aire: Se pueden emitir avisos de salud sobre la calidad del aire en áreas cercanas a los incendios de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek. Una perspectiva de humo para Pine Gulch Fire está disponible donde se publica esta actualización y en https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. Para obtener más información sobre los niveles de humo, visite https://airnow.gov

Alertas de emergencia: para el condado de Garfield, visite garco911.com. Alertas del condado de Mesa, visite bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Restricciones de vuelo temporales: Hay una restricción de vuelo temporal sobre el incendio de Pine Gulch. Los incendios forestales son una zona prohibida para los drones. Si vuela, no podemos. Para obtener más información, visite http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Para mas información:
Officina: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Consultas de los medios: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Corro Electrónico: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Mapa Interactivo: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Perspectiva de humo: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Los Recursos Incluyen: 3 equipos de bomberos de tipo 1, 9 Equipos de bomberos de tipo 2, 9 helicópteros, 64 camiones de bombero, 11 topadores, 16 camiones de agua, y varias personas de apoyo.

Pine Gulch Fire at 124,934 acres, 17 percent containment

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 121,781 acres, Red Flag warning

8.20.20, 1:44 p.m. – Bureau of Land Management: Area closure notice
BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade, starting at the Bookcliffs. This includes North Fruita Desert SRMA Campground; west and north of DeBeque on CR-204 and CR-211; from this point north on Rio Blanco CR-26A to intersection with CR-103; due west from CR-28 to CR-27; north on CR-27 to HWY 139; south on HWY 139 to Trail Canyon BLM RD 1056; south on BLM RD 1056 towards Atchee; following Demeree Canyon south; crossing HWY 139 and west to base of Bookcliffs.

8.20.20, 10:35 a.m. – special notes: There is Red Flag Warning today for dry lighting and outflow winds that could reach gusts of 45 mph.

There will be a virtual public meeting livestreamed at 6 p.m. TONIGHT, August 20. Please go to Facebook, @PineGulchFireCO to participate, or you can find the link for a ZOOM meeting on our Facebook page and InciWeb. To utilize ZOOM, enter this code and password: Webinar ID: 989 2688 9534; Passcode: 8675309

Garfield county issued additional evacuation orders yesterday, August 19 for residents east of Hwy 139, as well as pre-evacuations west of Hwy 139 to the Utah border. Please go to: www.garfieldcounty.net for detailed information. There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 121,781 acres
Containment: 14%
Total personnel: 872
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Current situation: Fire growth was minimal overnight. More accurate mapping has now shown the total fire area to be 121,781 acres, as opposed to the formerly reported 125,100. Firefighters have made significant progress on the north and east sides; total containment is now 14%. Today’s main concern will be storm cells moving over the fire area from around 12 p.m. to midnight and producing gusty outflow winds up to 45 mph. These winds could contribute to extreme fire behavior and active spread with potential for spotting. Along with storm concerns, the inversion is expected to break early – approximately 12 p.m. – creating further instability in the atmosphere.

Today, crews will be working on both primary and alternate pre-identified control lines. On the south side at the Division B/A break, fire is moving slowly toward a solid dozer line that extends into the Hunter Fire burn scar. Fire behavior in this area and in the rest of Division B was limited yesterday, but it could be more significant today and tonight because of incoming weather. Today, crews in Division B will focus on assessments and protection measures for structures to the southwest of the fire. Firefighters are patrolling on the west side of the fire in Division D, monitoring for any changes in fire behavior. The west side is expansive, challenging country where it is difficult to safely insert firefighters. Indirect options will remain the primary tactic in this area, and crews will assess for any structure protection needs. Firefighters in Divisions E and F on the west and northwest will also focus on indirect options, as direct fire line construction is not a safe option. Hwy 139 remains the primary control feature here, from Division D north to Douglas Pass. In the coming days, crews may utilize burning operations to remove fuel between Hwy 139 and the fire, which is approximately two and a half to three miles from Hwy 139 at this time. Crews in Division F are assessing for protection options for structures and infrastructure at the top of Douglas Pass. Firefighters in Division F and L north of the fire will keep scouting for additional indirect options that present the highest probability of success with the lowest exposure to firefighters. When these options are validated, more secondary control line construction will begin to the north. The control line in Division K at the fire’s northeast edge continues to hold well even when tested by wind. Firefighters have had great success in preventing the fire from crossing the 204 Rd. Divisions Z and A remain in patrol and monitor status. Firefighters are mopping up and securing the fire’s edge and expect to achieve more containment soon.

Weather & fuel conditions: There is Red Flag Warning today for dry lighting and outflow winds. There is a chance of thunderstorms after 2 p.m. with lighting and outflow winds up to 45 mph. Thunderstorm development is most likely to the northwest of the fire. The hot and dry weather will continue as high pressure remains the dominant weather feature, with temperatures as high as 95 and humidity at 12-14%. Winds will be northerly at 9-12 mph with gusts to 20. The southwest side of the fire could see south/southwest winds again today.

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) road has a staffed closure. Due to increased fire activity north of Fruita, several other roads have been closed. These include 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.

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

Resources Include: 4 Type 1 hand crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 106 engines, 3 bulldozers, 5 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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Actualización del Fuego Pine Gulch
Agosto 20, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Equipo de Gestión de Incidentes de Rocky Mountain – Tipo 1 – Dan Dallas, Comandante del Incidente
Centro de información: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m .– 8 p.m.
Consultas de los medios: (970) 812-3706, de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m.

Habrá una reunión pública virtual transmitida en vivo a las 6 p.m. ESTA NOCHE, 20 de Agosto. Vaya a Facebook, @PineGulchFireCO para participar. Tambien, puede participar por Zoom. Para utilizar ZOOM, ingrese este código y contraseña: ID: 989 2688 9534 Contraseña: 8675309

El condado de Garfield emitió órdenes de evacuación adicionales ayer 19 de Agosto para los residentes al este de la Hwy 139, así como evacuaciones previas al oeste de la Hwy 139 hasta la borde de Utah. Visite: www.garfieldcounty.net para obtener información detallada. Actualmente no hay evacuaciones previas o evacuaciones en el condado de Mesa: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation

Situación actual: El crecimiento del fuego fue mínimo durante la noche. Un mapeo más preciso ahora ha mostrado que el área total del incendio es de 121,781 acres, a diferencia de los 125,100 reportados anteriormente. Los bomberos han logrado un progreso significativo en los lados norte y este; la contención total es ahora del 14%. La preocupación principal de hoy serán las celdas de tormenta que se muevan sobre el área del incendio alrededor de las 12 p.m. hasta la medianoche y produciendo ráfagas de viento de hasta 45 mph. Estos vientos podrían contribuir al comportamiento del fuego extremo y la propagación activa. Junto con las preocupaciones por la tormenta, se espera que la inversión se rompa temprano, aproximadamente a las 12 p.m. – creando más inestabilidad en la atmósfera.

Hoy, los equipos estarán trabajando en líneas de control preidentificadas tanto primarias como alternativas. En el lado sur, entre las Divisiónes B / A, el fuego se mueve lentamente hacia una línea de topadora sólida que se extiende hasta la cicatriz de quemaduras de Hunter Fire. El comportamiento del fuego en esta área y en el resto de la División B fue limitado ayer, pero podría ser más significativo hoy y esta noche debido al clima entrante. Hoy, los equipos de la División B se concentrarán en evaluaciones y medidas de protección para las estructuras al suroeste del incendio. Los bomberos están patrullando en el lado oeste del incendio en la División D, monitoreando cualquier cambio en el comportamiento del fuego. El lado oeste es terreno expansivo y desafiante donde es difícil colocar bomberos de manera segura. Las opciones indirectas seguirán siendo la táctica principal en esta área, y los bomberos evaluarán las necesidades de protección de la estructura. Los bomberos en las Divisiones E y F en el oeste y noroeste también se enfocarán en opciones indirectas, ya que la construcción de líneas de fuego directas no es una opción segura. Hwy 139 sigue siendo la característica de control principal aquí, desde la División D al norte hasta Douglas Pass. En los próximos días, los bomberos pueden utilizar operaciones de quema para reducir el combustible entre la Hwy 139 y el incendio, que se encuentra aproximadamente de dos millas a tres millas de la Hwy 139 en este momento. Los equipos de la División F están evaluando opciones de protección para estructuras e infraestructura en la parte superior de Douglas Pass. Los bomberos de la División F y L al norte del incendio seguirán buscando opciones indirectas adicionales que presenten la mayor probabilidad de éxito con la menor exposición a los bomberos. Cuando se validan estas opciones, se iniciará la construcción de más líneas de control secundarias hacia el norte. La línea de control en la División K en el borde noreste del incendio continúa manteniéndose bien incluso cuando es probada por el viento. Los bomberos han tenido un gran éxito en evitar que el fuego cruce la 204 Rd. Las Divisiones Z y A permanecen en estado de vigilancia y patrulla. Los bomberos están limpiando y asegurando el borde del fuego y esperan lograr más contención pronto.

Condiciones climáticas y de combustible: Hoy hay una advertencia de bandera roja por relámpago seca y vientos fuertes. Existe la posibilidad de tormentas eléctricas después de las 2 p.m. con relámpago y vientos fuertes de hasta 45 mph. El desarrollo de tormentas eléctricas es más probable al noroeste del incendio. El clima cálido y seco continuará ya que la alta presión sigue siendo la característica climática dominante, con temperaturas tan altas como 95 y humedad entre 12 y 14%. Los vientos serán del norte a 9-12 mph con ráfagas de 20. El lado suroeste del fuego podría ver vientos del sur / suroeste nuevamente hoy.

Evacuaciones: Condado de Garfield: 4A Ridge Road (256), Salt Wash (205), King Road (258), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207), Kimball Creek Road (202). Una orden de pre-evacuación está en vigor para todos los residentes del condado de Garfield al oeste de CO-139 hacia la frontera de Utah, y cualquier residente que haya sido evacuado permanece en situación pre-evacuación. Para obtener más información: www.garfieldcounty.net. Actualmente no hay evacuaciones previas o evacuaciones en el condado de Mesa: www.sheriff.mesacounty.us/FireInformation. Cierres: Roan Creek Road (204) en North Dry Fork (200) tiene un cierre con personal. Debido al aumento de la actividad de incendios al norte de Fruita, se han cerrado varias otras carreteras. Estos incluyen 21 Road al norte del límite de BLM, 16 Road en V 8/10 Road, y Q 5/10 Road está cerrada en 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass al norte de Loma desde la milla 6 hasta la milla 39.

Calidad del aire: Se pueden emitir avisos de salud sobre la calidad del aire en áreas cercanas a los incendios de Pine Gulch y Grizzly Creek. Una perspectiva de humo para Pine Gulch Fire está disponible donde se publica esta actualización y en https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. Para obtener más información sobre los niveles de humo, visite https://airnow.gov

Alertas de emergencia: para el condado de Garfield, visite garco911.com. Alertas del condado de Mesa, visite bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Restricciones de vuelo temporales: Hay una restricción de vuelo temporal sobre el incendio de Pine Gulch. Los incendios forestales son una zona prohibida para los drones. Si vuela, no podemos. Para obtener más información, visite http://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Estadísticas del Fuego Pine Gulch:
Tamaño: 121,781 acres
Contención: 14%
Personal total: 872
Ubicación: Aproximadamente 18 miles al norte de Grand Junction, CO
Reportado: July 31, aproximadamente 5:15 p.m.
Causa: Relámpago
Para mas información:
Officina:
(970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Consultas de los medios: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Corro Electrónico: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO
Mapa Interactivo: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Perspectiva de humo: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado

Los Recursos Incluyen: 4 equipos de bomberos de tipo 1, 6 Equipos de bomberos de tipo 2, 9 helicópteros, 106 camiones de bombero, 3 topadores, 5 camiones de agua, y varias personas de apoyo.

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 121,781 acres, Red Flag warning