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

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: 79%
Total Personnel: 686
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, 3 helicopters, 34 engines, 11 bulldozers, 20 water tenders, 3 masticators 6 skidgens and overhead/support personnel

Virtual Public Meeting TomorrowFire personnel will hold a virtual public meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm via Facebook and Zoom. Information on how to join will be in tomorrow’s update.   

Current Situation: The focus of operations for the Pine Gulch Fire is now assessing, prioritizing, and repairing damage from fire suppression activities that were needed to contain the fire.  These repairs will return the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible. Today’s map reflects work needed to be done in redPlease note that red on the suppression repair map does not mean unsecured fire lines. Priority areas for this work include areas needed for access by oil and gas companies and hunters. The speed of work will depend on how accessible areas are for bringing in heavy equipment. Areas where the equipment must be walked in will take the longest to complete. Good progress was made for suppression repair on the east side of the fire yesterday. Work will continue on the east side today and will begin northwest of the fire, working from Road 256 south. Fire personnel will continue to contact private landowners over the next few days to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties. Although suppression repair is underway, infrared flights show hot spots still exist on the interior of the fire and in some areas near firelines. In light of today’s red flag warning, firefighters will monitor areas where fires may flare up and are ready to respond to fire spread if necessary. 

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: There is a Red Flag Warning for dry and windy conditions today. Ridge winds will gust to more than 30 mph and relative humidity will be in the lower teens. Winds will shift direction throughout the day. Gusts will begin after noon and last through the evening ahead of a cold front. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon, more likely after 6:00 pm. Lighting, gusty winds and heavy rainfall are possible overnight, which can lead to flash-flooding and debris flows. Winds at the top of the East Salt Creek drainage will gust stronger than other ridgetops due to channeling effects of southwest winds. High temperatures today will be in the upper 80’s at lower elevations and the low 80’s at higher elevations.  

Despite the red flag warning, fire activity is expected to be minimal, with continued creeping and smoldering, but new ignitions have potential for rapid fire spread in continuous dry grass and shrubs. 

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/FireInformationClosures: 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 

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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

Pine Gulch Fire update

August 30, 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 139,006 acres
Containment: 77%
Total Personnel: 646
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Southern Area Red Team – Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander

Equipment and Personnel Include: 2 Type 1 hand crews, 6 Type 2 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 30 engines, 11 bulldozers, 17 water tenders, 3 masticators, 4 skidgens, and overhead/support personnel

Information Center: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Media Inquiries: (970) 812-3706, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Special Notes: This morning the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team transferred command of the Pine Gulch Fire to the Southern Area Type 1 Red Team. The Southern Area Red Team thanks the Rocky Mountain team for a smooth and thorough transition. We look forward to serving this community as containment of the Pine Gulch Fire increases and suppression repair continues.  

Current Situation: Throughout the fire, firefighters continue to improve and monitor firelines, protect and assess structures, and protect oil and gas resources, range allotments and sage grouse habitat. This includes improving firelines along the northwest side of the fire along Highway 139 and Road 266 (Division D) and monitoring lines along Road 204 and Roan Creek on the northern edge of the fire (Division K). As containment of the fire increases, firefighting equipment is being removed from areas, with some equipment staged to be ready to respond to potential fire activity. A suppression repair group will work outside and inside the fire perimeter, assessing and repairing sites that were damaged from containing the fire. Repair includes returning areas to pre-fire conditions as much as possible; for example, by moving berms from dozer lines, narrowing trails that were opened, preventing lines from causing erosion and cleaning up areas where fire retardant was dropped. Priority areas will include access to hunting areas. Fire personnel will contact private landowners over the next few days to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties.

Weather Forecast & Fuel Conditions: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80’s at lower elevations and in the mid 70’s at higher elevations. Drier air moving into northwest Colorado will reduce the chance of thunderstorms to 20 percent and reduce relative humidity to 16 to 21 percent. Ridgetop winds will be gusty in the late afternoon with potential of gusts to 40 mph if thunderstorms develop. Heavy rainfall is possible. Winds at the top of the East Salt Creek drainage will gust stronger than other ridgetops due to the channeling effect of southwest winds.

Fire activity is expected to be low due to lower temperatures and higher humidity, however fire can spread quickly in dry vegetation exposed to high winds from thunderstorms. Along the west flank of the fire, fire will continue to smolder and creep, backing downslope into wind. Munger Creek and Hunter Creek drainages in this area have the greatest potential for active fire if updrainage winds align with burnable vegetation. Minimal fire behavior is expected for the remainder of the fire, with isolated smoldering and hot spots.

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

Air Quality: A smoke outlook for the Pine Gulch Fire is available at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. Mesa County alerts, please visit bit.ly/Emergency_Alerts.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Pine Gulch Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

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

Pine Gulch Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire update

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team – Dan Dallas, 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 139,006 acres
Containment: 77%
Total Personnel: 753
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, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 6 helicopters, 41 engines, 11 bulldozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel

Special Notes: Today is the last day the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will be in command of the Pine Gulch Fire. At 6 a.m. on Sunday, Aug 30, the Southern Area Type 1 Red Team will assume command of the fire. Members of the Southern Area team are shadowing their counterparts on the Rocky Mountain team today. The Rocky Mountain team is grateful to coordinate with another highly skilled incident management team to ensure a smooth and thorough transition. We thank this community for its incredible show of support during our time here.

Current Situation: Suppression repair is now the main activity on the Pine Gulch Fire. Resource Advisors will help direct efforts to repair dozer lines and minimize damage to soil, water, and other resources impacted by fire suppression activities. Backhaul of heavy machinery and structure protection equipment is nearly complete in Divisions K, Z, and A; these divisions are in patrol and monitor status. Likewise, Division L will remove equipment and focus will shift to suppression repair. Crews will continue monitoring uncontained fire edge on the south and west. There is still some heat in these areas, but there has been no fire movement for many days. Firefighters are completing work on the handline in the East Salt Creek area in Division F; they will mop-up and secure this edge over the coming days. Because of the dangerous terrain in this area, there is a Rapid Extraction Module (REM) assigned to support firefighters if needed. The REM can extract patients from difficult, steep terrain in the unfortunate event of firefighter injury. The team consists of paramedics and EMTs who are trained in rope rescue and mechanical advantage rigging systems. There have only been a few minor injuries of firefighters on the Pine Gulch Fire to date such as a scratched eye, a cut hand, and a twisted ankle. We are happy to report no major injuries.

While fire activity has decreased significantly on the Pine Gulch Fire, unburned fuels in the interior may continue to burn and smolder for quite some time, and smoke may be visible when this happens. It will take a season-ending event such as significant, sustained rainfall (or even snow) for the fire to be completely “out”. This may not take place until mid-September, October, or even as late as November.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Lingering showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. Clouds will decrease in the late morning, allowing temperatures to rise and increasing the chance of afternoon thunderstorm development. Any thunderstorms that do develop may produce wind gusts up to 40 mph. There is a 30% chance of wetting rain today, up to 1/10 inch. Maximum temperatures are around 90 with minimum relative humidity 19-22%. Winds are from the east-northeast turning west 8-12 mph with gusts to 19. Winds in the southwest area of the fire may come from the southwest. Rainfall may continue into next week. 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.

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

Pine Gulch Fire update

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

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate

Expect ‘good’ air quality today throughout Garfield County with the possibility of ‘moderate’ at times. View Smoke outlooks related to wildfire activity below:

Grizzly Creek Fire
Pine Gulch Fire

Where to watch for information
Grizzly Creek Fire Page
Pine Gulch Fire Smoke Page
Garfield County Air Monitoring Web page.
State Air Quality Health Advisory page.
Low-cost, community-based PurpleAir sensors along the I-70 corridor.

About PurpleAir:
Low-cost sensors, such as PurpleAir, can be used as an indicator of elevated levels of particulates in the air and help by adding data coverage in areas where there are not permanent regulatory monitors.

Public Health advises setting the default to a “one day average” rather than “10-minute average” because being exposed to moderate to heavy smoke for a short term period may not have the same health impacts as being exposed for a full 24-hours. 

It is important to understand that these low-cost sensors are not considered accurate enough to be used in regulatory action. These sensors are not a reference method nor approved by EPA for compliance with federal air quality standards.

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
26 de agosto, 2020

La Calidad del Aire en el Condado de Garfield ha Mejorado:  Entre Bueno y Moderado

Espere “buena” calidad de aire hoy en todo el Condado de Garfield con la posibilidad de una calidad “moderada” a veces

Vea pronósticos sobre el humo relacionados con la actividad de incendios forestales a continuación:

Dónde buscar información
Incendio Grizzly Creek Página con Información sobre Humo
Incendio Pine Gulch  Página con Información sobre Humo
Página Web de Monitoreo de Aire del Condado Garfield
Página Estatal de Avisos de Salud Sobre la Calidad del Aire
Sensores PurpleAir comunitarios a lo largo del interestatal 70

Sobre PurpleAir:
Los sensores de bajo costo, como PurpleAir, se pueden usar como indicadores de niveles elevados de partículas en el aire y ayudan a agregar cobertura de datos en áreas donde no hay monitores permanentes.

Salud Pública sugiere establecer el valor predeterminado en un “promedio de un día” en lugar de un “promedio de 10 minutos” porque estar expuesto a humo moderado a denso durante un período corto puede no tener los mismos impactos en la salud que estar expuesto durante 24 horas completas.

Es importante comprender que estos sensores de bajo costo no se consideran lo suficientemente precisos para ser utilizados en acciones regulatorias. Estos sensores no son un método de referencia ni están aprobados por la EPA para cumplir con los estándares federales de calidad del aire.

Garfield County air quality has been upgraded: good to moderate

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