Wildfire is in far western Garfield County north of Grand Junction – fire reached Garfield County border Monday evening
8.3.20 at 9:30 am: GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Pine Gulch Fire started as a result of lightning Friday evening, July 31. It is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private lands approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction in Mesa County, approaching the Garfield County line. The fire has grown to approximately 1,500 acres and is 5% contained.
There are several structures now threatened. As the fire continued actively burning overnight, fire crews conducted burnout operations to remove fuels from the fire’s path. Due to extreme fire behavior and continued growth Sunday, a Type 2 incident command team has been ordered.
Road barricades have been placed around the affected fire area, and numerous public visitors have driven around the closures. The presence of non-fire traffic within the area is a distraction and a hazard to firefighters and members of the public. Sheriff’s deputies will be limiting access to roads in the fire area.
There are 95 firefighting resources currently assigned to the fire, including four engines, two fire modules, two Type 2 hand crews and the Wyoming Hotshot crew, with air support from two helicopters (Type 1 and Type 3), a single engine air tanker, and two large air tankers. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Team will transfer management of the Pine Gulch Fire to the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black tomorrow morning. Additional firefighting resources are en route. Participating agencies include Mesa County, De Beque Fire Protection District, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, BLM and Forest Service.
InciWeb: Pine Gulch Fire updates
BLM lands within the Grand Junction Field Office are currently under stage 1 fire restrictions.
Fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in northwest Colorado