Grizzly Creek Fire update

Start Date: 08/10/2020     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human                                         
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 91%
Total Personnel: 383

Facebook Live Community Meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Tune in to www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska IMT, the Type 3 Upper Colorado River Fire Management Organization, the incoming Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team, local officials and cooperating agencies.

(EAGLE, Colo.) – The Upper Colorado River Fire Type 3 Organization will assume command of the fire on Wednesday, after shadowing the Alaska Incident Management Team today. The teams are working closely with
management agencies to ensure a smooth transition as priorities shift from suppression to suppression repair.

The Type 3 Organization will be working cooperatively with the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team. BAER Teams, composed of resource specialists, are brought in to determine the need for, prescribe and, if necessary, implement emergency treatments to stabilize burned areas and watersheds.

Containment reached 91% as the southern perimeter of the fire in Devil’s Hole Creek drainage was completed. Crews have been patrolling this section of line for days, cold-trailing and checking for heat. Temperatures are expected to peak around 50 degrees this morning as the cold front pushes in from the north, with showers beginning as early as sunrise. Temperatures are slated to fall steadily throughout the day, reaching
the 30s by early evening. Rain will turn to snow as forecast temperatures drop below freezing overnight, with accumulations from 2 to 6 inches, and higher amounts expected over 10,000 feet.

Safety Officer Mike Bradley urged firefighters to exercise caution as the freezing rain and snow will make for dangerous driving conditions around the fire. Wintry storms and the attendant slippery roads and poor visibility
are expected to continue into Wednesday and taper off.

Suppression repair continues around the fire, with excavators, dozers and hand crews working to return the fireline to a more natural state. Inclement weather is expected to slow progress.

The number of personnel working on the fire has dropped to 383. There are six crews, one helicopter, 21 engines, six excavators, five dozers, three water tenders and one skidgine still working on the fire.

Fire closure areas have been reduced by the White River National Forest and Colorado River Valley BLM office. Coffee Pot and Transfer Trail roads remain closed. Both closure orders and associated maps can be found here.

Interstate 70 remains open to two-way traffic. Go to cotrip.org for information on interstate closures.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for details

Fire information/media line: (970) 930-1850
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov
inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6942/
https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO

Grizzly Creek Fire update

State releases indoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities

REMOTE, Sept. 3, 2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) today released guidance for indoor visitation in residential care facilities.

Residential care facilities (skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, group homes, and intermediate care facilities) that meet the criteria can now welcome visitors indoors.

“After releasing draft guidance last week, we received feedback from residents, families, friends, and essential workers in residential care facilities. After reviewing the feedback and keeping in mind the safety risks with visitation, we are providing guidance for limited indoor visitation opportunities,” said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE. “We need to continue to be cautious as these facilities are still high risk. We must balance the need for visitations with the risks that still very much exist.”

The guidance also allows for visits from service providers such as beauticians, barbers, podiatrists, dentists, and therapists. Currently, residential care facilities may offer visitation under compassionate circumstances, such as end-of-life situations, and in outdoor environments. There are other circumstances under which indoor visitation must be accommodated, such as to provide support for residents with disabilities and/or for religious exercise, and for long-term care ombudsman and adult protective services.

The guidance states facilities must meet the following criteria to implement indoor visitation:

  • Be located in counties that have less than or equal to an average of 25 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days or be in a county that is in the Protect Our Neighbors Phase
  • If in counties with 26 to 175 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days, visitors must provide documentation that they have had a negative COVID-19 test in the 48 hours preceding the visit (a PCR test or test approved by the State Lab or the FDA for use in asymptomatic people).
  • Visitation is not allowed in residential care facilities in counties with more than 175 new, active cases per 100,000 people over the prior 14 days.
  • Other criteria involve testing, outbreaks, personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies, and staffing.

When indoor visitation is implemented, visitors must:

  • Have taken a COVID-19 test and received a negative result within 48 hours of conducting the visit, if applicable, based on the degree of community spread.
  • Be fever-free, symptom free, and have no known exposure to COVID-19.
  • Be age 18 and older.
  • Schedule appointments in advance.
  • Wear masks and adhere to all facility visitation rules.

The full guidance, drafted by the Residential Care Strike Team, is available online. The Residential Care Strike Team is composed of representatives of the Governor’s Office and state agencies that play a role in regulating and supporting residential care facilities. Visit the Residential Care Strike Team web page for more information.

State releases indoor visitation guidance for residential care facilities

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: 87%
Total Personnel: 600
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Resources: 1 Type 1 hand crews, 2 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 29 engines, 10 bulldozers, 14 water tenders, 5 masticators 6 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Special Note: With the upcoming holiday weekend, please check and follow current fire restrictions while you are recreating. Mesa County, Garfield County and the Bureau of Land Management are all under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. See bit.ly/Fire_Restrictions to see what is prohibited and allowed at this stage.

Current Situation: Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire as well as backhaul unneeded equipment. All but four of the 300 water pumps that were used to protect structures threatened by the fire have been removed. Small areas of heat still persist in the northwest side of the fire in Munger Creek and East Salt Creek (Division D/E). Less fire activity was seen in Munger Creek yesterday than on Wednesday. The area of focus for hand crews continues to be mopping up along the southern rim of the East Salt Creek main canyon. Firefighting personnel and equipment are being released as the fire approaches full containment.

Assessing and repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire perimeter and interior. Good progress is being made with work such as installing water bars on roads, spreading piled up soil/vegetation and mulching cut brush/limbs. Fence repair will continue today in Garby Canyon. Law enforcement officers will escort heavy equipment moving along Highway 139 near Douglas Pass, so motorists may experience delays today. Hand crews are working in tandem with heavy equipment in several sites to help stack brush.

Weather Forecast & Fire Behavior: Mostly clear with high temperatures around 90 at low elevations and in the 80’s at high elevations. Dry, with relative humidity 8 to 14 percent. Winds will mostly be terrain driven, 2-5 mph, with gusts near 20 mph. High Pressure will shift east across the Great Basin and over the Central Rockies this weekend. Expect very dry conditions with poor overnight humidity recoveries today through Sunday. Winds will increase, mainly during afternoon hours when gusts may exceed 25 mph. As a result, an increased potential for critical fire weather conditions exists.

No fire perimeter growth is expected today as smoldering and creeping fire activity will continue within containment lines. Heavy dead and down vegetation remains very dry and will burn despite recent precipitation. Isolated pockets of live and dead vegetation may be visible in the fire’s interior. Surface fire and isolated single tree torching is possible. Firefighters are monitoring these pockets to ensure they pose no threat to containment lines.

Area Closure: 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 139County Road 200 at County Line21 Road at entrance to Hunter Canyon16 Road at V8/10 RoadCounty (Roan Creek) Road 204 at 209 intersectionEnd of V2/10 Road at BLM closureQ 5/10 Road at 18 Road Garvey Canyon Road

Note: Motorists may encounter delays in the Douglas Pass area of Highway 139 and County Road 256. For more information, please see www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire

Open Areas:

County Road 256 east of Douglas Pass Base of Bookcliffs Coal CanyonNorth 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.

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 83%
Total Personnel: 548

(EAGLE, Colo.) – As predicted, warmer, drier conditions prevailed over the Grizzly Creek Fire, a trend that is forecast to continue and peak on Saturday with temperatures climbing to 90 degrees. However, control lines continued to hold strong on Thursday, as firefighters labored to build more containment line and strengthen existing line.

There was no change in acreage burned for the fifth day in a row while estimated containment climbed a single percent to 83%. Of the 78.5 miles of containment line around the fire, approximately 65 miles have been secured. Much of the remaining uncontained line will stay that way because it is too dangerous for firefighters to access.

“We’re on track to have suppression operations completed by Sunday,” reported Karen Scholl, operations planning chief for the Alaska Incident Management Team, which has command of the fire.

Even with temperatures in the mid 80s and relative humidities dipping into the 20% range, the fire showed little sign of life Thursday. A few visible smokes popped up behind Bair Ranch on the southeast side, as well as in the Grizzly and No Name creek drainages on the northwest corner. The heat in both areas was addressed with helicopter water drops. Interior portions of the fire will continue to put up random smokes until a season-ending rain or snow event.

With fire activity at a minimum, the main focus now is on repairing dozer lines constructed during initial and extended attack, commonly referred to as “suppression repair.” There are six excavators and six dozers tackling line rehab. So far, 31 miles of line have been repaired and there are another 7.5 miles pending. There are another 27.5 miles of potential line that are being assessed. Most suppression repair should be complete this weekend, with the exception of Transfer Trail Road. That last piece will take at least another week of work, Scholl said.

The hot, dry conditions will continue through the holiday weekend before a drastic change in the weather early next week. Forecasters are calling for sub-freezing temperatures and possible snow by Wednesday night as a cold front moves into the area late Monday. However, given the weekend forecast, fire managers say it is imperative that hunters, campers and others celebrating the holiday weekend be extremely careful with any activity that could spark a wildfire. A statewide fire ban remains in effect because of the tinder dry conditions in much of Colorado.

Fire closure areas were reduced on Thursday by the White River National Forest and BLM Colorado River Valley office. Coffee Pot and Transfer Trail roads remain closed, as well as areas of the Flat Tops Wilderness accessed by those roads. A new closure order and map for both agencies can be found on the White River NF website. For public and firefighter safety, motorists, recreationalists and hunters are asked to adhere to the closures.

Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for firefighting operations and possible flash floods in the event of heavy rain. Go to cotrip.org for information on interstate closures.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for details.

Grizzly Creek Fire update

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

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 3, 2020

RIFLE, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/3/2020:
Number of individuals tested: 2916
Positive results: 181
Pending results: 28
New Positives since 9/3/20: 0
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 10
Patients Transferred: 4
Patients Discharged: 6

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

All Clinic services,  hospital and specialty services are open. All patients will be screened appropriately and patients with current symptoms will be scheduled for appointments in the respiratory clinic. 

All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for September 3, 2020

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 9/3/2020
Specimens collected thru Valley View:  7,703
Positive results: 414
Pending results:  42
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 61
Admitted patients discharged: 53

Reported numbers are from Valley View only and could change at any time.

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional Questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing. 

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.  

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

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: 83%
Total Personnel: 578
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Resources: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 34 engines, 10 bulldozers, 19 water tenders, 5 masticators 3 skidgens and overhead/support personnel 

Current situation: Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire and backhaul equipment. Yesterday was a quiet day for fire behavior due to some rain, cooler temperatures and higher humidity over the past few days, but small areas of heat still persist in the northwest side of the fire. Today, an area of focus for hand crews is mopping up along the southern rim of the East Salt Creek main canyon, (Division D/E). Firefighting personnel and equipment are being released from the fire as the fire approaches full containment. 

Assessing and repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire perimeter and interior. Good progress is being made with work such as restoring water bars on roads, spreading piled up dirt and vegetation and mulching cut brush and limbs. Fence repair will begin today in Garby Canyon. Law enforcement officers will escort heavy equipment moving along Highway 139 near Douglas Pass, so motorists may experience delays. Hand crews are working in tandem with heavy equipment in several sites to help stack brush. 

Weather Forecast & Fire Behavior: Sunny with high temperatures at low elevations in the mid 80’s and at high elevations near 80 degrees. Relative humidity will be around 15 percent. Winds will be from the west northwest with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. High pressure building across the Great Basin will bring temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal and relative humidity below 15 percent through the weekend, when winds will increase and blow from the southwest. 

No fire perimeter growth is expected today and smoldering and creeping fire activity will continue within containment lines. Isolated pockets of live and dead vegetation will continue to burn in the fire’s interior. With increasing winds and dry conditions, elevated fire weather conditions may once again develop. New ignitions outside current containment lines have potential for active fire spread, so with the upcoming holiday weekend, please check and follow current fire restrictions while you are recreating. 

Area Closure: 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 

Note: Motorists may encounter delays in the Douglas Pass area of Highway 139 and County Road 256. For more information, please see www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire 

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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.

Pine Gulch Fire update

Grizzly Creek Fire update

Incident Commander: Norm McDonald 
Start Date:
08/10/2020                                     
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Cause: Human
Fire Size: 32,464 acres
Containment: 82%
Total Personnel: 603

Facebook Live Community Meetng tonight at 6 p.m. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyCreekFireCO for updates and a live Q&A with the Alaska IMT, local officials and cooperating agencies.

(EAGLE, Colo.) – With no fire growth for the fourth straight day, the Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team began mapping out a downward glide path for the Grizzly Creek Fire on Wednesday. Fire managers conferred with officials from the White River National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to determine future management plans for the 32,464-acre fire. The Alaska IMT is set to transfer command of the fire in five days and agencies representatives must decide whether to call in a Type 2 IMT or a smaller Type 3 team.

“This will help us get direction on what kind of end state agency administrators want when we leave here,” Alaska IMT Incident Commander Norm McDonald said of Wednesday night strategic analysis.
Containment on the fire reached 82% on Wednesday, an increase of 7%. For the fourth straight day, there was no increase in acreage. Crews have now secured approximately 64.5 of the 78.5-mile fire perimeter.

With warmer, drier conditions, the fire showed a slight pulse on Wednesday with a few visible, early-morning smokes in the French Creek drainage on the north side. The smoke was the result of pockets of isolated, unburned patches of conifers burning up on the interior of the fire. The hot spots were ¼ to ½ mile inside the perimeter and posed no threat.

“It’s a good indicator of what we’ll be seeing over the next four or five days,” Alaska IMT Operations Chief Jon Glover said, alluding to a warming, drying trend that is expected to spawn interior flare-ups of unburned fuel the next few days.

The increased containment – or black line – is the result of three hotshot crews finally securing a piece of rugged, stubborn line in the No Name Creek drainage north of Glenwood Springs that they have been toiling on for the past week. Another hotshot crew closed up a small chunk of open line in the Cinnamon Creek drainage on the south end of the fire. Elsewhere on the fire, crews continue mopping up secured fireline while heavy equipment is being used to repair and restore dozer lines carved out during initial and direct attack.

A large portion of the White River National Forest remains closed, as do some BLM and State of Colorado lands. Coffee Pot and Transfer Trail roads, as well as areas of the Flat Tops Wilderness accessed by those roads are closed. For public and firefighter safety, motorists, recreationalists and hunters are asked to adhere to the closures. For maps and closure info, go to White River NF closure area or BLM closure order and closure map.

Interstate 70 remains open. Expect periodic delays for firefighting operations and possible flash floods in the event of heavy rain. Go to cotrip.org for information on interstate closures.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for details.

Grizzly Creek Fire update

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