RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 85,407 acres

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
85,407 acres
Containment: 7%
Total personnel: 811
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

8.17.20, 10:01 a.m. – Special notes: There will be a virtual public meeting livestreamed at 6 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, August 17. 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: 979 7398 6417 Passcode: 767681

Current situation: The fire and winds have aligned with drainages in several areas on the west. Fuels in these drainages are critically dry, creating the potential for significant fire behavior, spread and spotting. It is a crucial day for fire staff to implement plans; today presents an opportunity to successfully influence the duration of the Pine Gulch Fire. Crews will be working swiftly to seize control and suppression opportunities. Residents should fully expect to see smoke columns established in several areas of the fire today – multiple columns may be visible at once.

Fire staff will prioritize work in Divisions K, E, and D today. Fire in Division E on the west is approaching the indirect control line extending south along the ridge from the 204 Rd. to the Division E/D break. Firefighters will continue work on this line and, if conditions allow, may perform firing operations to help prevent fire spread toward the 205 Rd. Firefighters and heavy equipment have been successfully preparing the 205 Rd. as a secondary control line and will continue this work today. On the NW, in Division F, firefighters are scouting and creating secondary control line between the fire and Douglas Pass. Crews are also improving road systems to the SW of the fire in the event the fire grows in that direction. Division D on the southwest was active again yesterday, burning S and SW along Garfield Mesa and Ross Ridge. Firefighters are working on improving a two-track that runs from the southern tip of the fire area into the Hunter Fire burn scar, and they are scouting for ways to connect this line around the SW corner of the fire, back up to the Division D/E break. Excellent progress has been made in Divisions A and Z, and they are mostly in patrol and monitor status. Crews will continue to secure the fire’s edge in these two divisions.

Weather & fuel conditions: Temperatures highs of 95 and humidity 8-10%. Today will be smokey, as the inversion is not likely to lift until around 5 p.m. – if at all. Winds are from the N to NE, 4-9 mph throughout the day, with gusts up to 14 mph. Similar wind conditions as yesterday will exist in Divs. D and E, with winds coming from the S to SW and meeting up with northernly winds later in the afternoon.

Evacuations: Garfield County: Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road, Brush Creek (209) road, CR 202. For more information: https://garfieldcounty.net/. Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200) road has a staffed closure. Travel is not recommended along the 21 Road north of Fruita or on the 16 Road/CR 205 north of the V 8/10 Rd. Barricades are in place on these roads.

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: 5 Type 1 hand crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 55 engines, 8 bulldozers, 14 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 85,407 acres

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire is at 81,107 acres

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
81,107 acres
Containment: 7%
Total personnel: 754
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Update: 8.16.20, 9 a.m. – Special notes: Because of an increase in fire behavior and the need for fire crews to work safely, two additional roads near the southwest side of the fire have been barricaded: the 21 Road northbound starting approximately three miles north of the BLM boundary, and the 16 Road northbound starting at the intersection of Coal Canyon Rd. (V 8/10 Rd.).

There will be a virtual public meeting livestreamed at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 17. More information will be posted on Facebook and Inciweb.

Current situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 81,107 acres. Yesterday, winds shifted and aligned with drainages, contributing to active fire behavior on the southwest side in Division D. Fire burned during the day and into the night, moving onto Garfield Mesa and crossing the V 8/10 Rd. Today, additional resources will arrive to this area, and crews will utilize road systems and handline to reduce fire spread to the south. While higher elevation winds will come from the NE and NW today, lower level winds may also come from the S/SW in Division D. As these winds come together, they have the potential to create eddying effects and contribute to significant fire behavior in Division D.

Today in Division E on the northwest side, crews will utilize control line and burning operations when possible to help keep fire south of the 204 Rd. and limit spread to the west and north. In Division K on the north, there is still heat at the fire’s edge. Firefighters will be securing this edge and will keep mopping up and securing structures along the 204 Rd. where the fire has already passed through. Firefighters are successfully utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Division K to conduct strategic aerial ignitions in the evening and night; conditions are most appropriate during this time. Use of this equipment also helps minimize firefighter exposure and risk. On the east side in Division Z, there has been some containment (black line) added, and containment here is expected to increase in the coming days. The fire on the east and southeast (Divisions Z and A) has been hung up in rocks and natural features with no recent growth. Structures have been successfully secured and protected in this area. Crews will keep securing the fire’s edge and mop up completed containment lines in Divisions Z and A.

Two new Divisions, F and L, have been added to the northwest and north, respectively. Crews and heavy equipment operators in this area are scouting to identify potential dozer and hand lines as secondary control features in the case of any fire spread to the north or northeast. They are preparing the 209 and 207 Roads and assessing structures in this area.

Weather & fuel conditions: Today will be another hot and dry day, with temperatures up to 93 and humidity between 6-9%. Winds are forecast from the northeast at 5-8 mph with gusts to 12 mph, shifting to come from the north then northwest in the afternoon at 8-12 mph with gusts to 18. The atmosphere remains unstable, and the combination of low humidity, susceptible fuels and winds could contribute to active fire behavior and spread.

Closures and evacuations: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Aug 9, 2020. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net/. There is a road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200) road; that closure is being staffed by a Sheriff’s deputy. The 21 Road northbound starting approximately three miles north of the BLM boundary, and the 16 Road northbound starting at the intersection of V 8/10 Rd are now barricaded.

Air quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for points east of 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. Continued widespread smoke from the Pine Gulch fire will impact many parts of Colorado Sunday morning into Sunday night.

Areas affected downwind from the fires include Craig and Meeker to the north, along the I-70 corridor in central Colorado, and as far east as the Front Range region and eastern plains. This will bring periods of smoke rated as ‘moderate’ to levels ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ levels to areas northeast of the fire including Garfield County, Moffat County, Mesa County, and Rio Blanco County. Brief periods of heavy smoke will also be possible. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or landline phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For 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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we
can be sure the drone is clear of the area. 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, 57 engines, 8 bulldozers, 17 water tenders, and
overhead/support personnel.

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire is at 81,107 acres

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire at 81,107 acres

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
81,107 acres
Containment: 7%
Total personnel: 757
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Update: 8.16.20, 9:17 a.m. – The Pine Gulch Fire is 81,107 acres and 7 % contained as of Sunday morning, August 16. Firefighters were busy last night in the southwestern portion of the fire approximately 15 miles north of Loma. There was significant fire activity there yesterday and additional resources will be sent to that area today. The fire was also active in the northwest portion of the fire yesterday. Fire activity is anticipated to be very high today. Citizens should be prepared to see significant smoke today. Air resources are expected to be used again today.

Update: 8.15.20, 10 a.m. – Current situation: An overnight mapping flight measured the Pine Gulch Fire at 74,807 acres and it remains 7% contained.
Operations today will focus on the northern edge of the fire, with two new Divisions working on developing additional containment options along roads in the area of 204 Road, 207 Road, and 209 Road. Hand crews will continue to extend lines to the northwest along Kimball Mountain and near Mud Spring in Divisions K and E. Structure protection crews will also be patrolling and mopping up around structures where the fire has passed through. Burnout operations will take place only if fire behavior dictates, especially in areas closest to values at risk.

Bulldozers and hand crews will continue to work the northern edge and along 204 Road. Division K was the most active last night, with crews deploying an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to conduct strategic aerial ignitions when the temperatures, winds and humidity were the most favorable. The black containment line held well in Division A despite the wind shift yesterday. Division D is exploring additional options to implement bulldozers to secure additional line near established roads. Division Z has been fairly quiet over the past several days, with the line along 204 holding well.

Weather & fuel conditions: Temperatures are expected to move into the 90’s with relative humidity between 8-10 percent. Winds will be out of the northwest, with speeds of 5-8 mph and a few gusts up to 12 mph. Smoke is expected to settle in the valley until early afternoon.

Closures and evacuations: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Sunday night. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net. There is a road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200) road; that closure is being staffed by a sheriff’s deputy.

Air quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for points east of 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. Continued widespread smoke from the Pine Gulch fire will impact many parts of Colorado Saturday morning into Saturday night. Areas affected downwind from the fires include Craig and Meeker to the north, along the I-70 corridor in central Colorado, and as far east as the Front Range region and eastern plains. This will bring periods of smoke rated as ‘moderate’ to levels ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ levels to areas northeast of the fire including Garfield County, Moffat County, Mesa County, and Rio Blanco County. Brief periods of heavy smoke will also be possible. For more information on smoke levels, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or land line phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For 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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Resources include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 57 engines, 8 bulldozers, 17 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 81,107 acres

Pine Gulch Fire grows on Monday, Red Flag Warning on Tuesday

UPDATE: 8.11.20, 8:51 p.m. – The Pine Gulch Fire grew to 42,222 acres on Tuesday and remains 7 percent contained.

Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire grew to 36,449 acres on Monday and remains 7% contained. The fire moved up the south slope of Kimball Mountain late yesterday and is currently backing down into the Roan Creek drainage. Crews aircraft, and dozers will be working along Roan Creek (204) road today constructing fire line along the road in anticipation of the fire’s continued progress north-northeast. Additional crews in the ‘Roan Group’ will be working on structure protection around structures and values at risk along Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Tuesday.

The fire continued to be active on the north side of Horse Mountain as it continued advancing north and east along the North Dry Fork (200) road. The western end of the 200 road is being addressed with bucket drops from helicopters. Crews in Divisions A and G will continue their firing operations, as conditions allow between North Dry Fork (200) road and the X ½ road. A night shift with two divisions continued day shift’s efforts with structure protection north of the fire and conducting burn operations as conditions and fire behavior allow. An additional Type 1 helicopter is assigned to the fire, bringing the total to four. Aerial resources will be used again today to assist efforts on the ground.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Humidity will decrease through the day today with an expected minimum relative humidity as low as 6%. Temperatures are expected to be 85-88 degrees. Winds along the ridges will continue out of the west-southwest in the morning, then shift midday to 13-17 mph out of the east-southeast with gusts up to 28 mph. With the winds added to the already hot and dry conditions, there is a possibility for extreme, wind-driven fire behavior and high rates of spread today.

Closures and Evacuations: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Sunday night. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net/. There is a new road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at Kimball Creek Road (202); that closure is being staffed by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Air Quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for western Mesa County and Garfield County. An Air Resource Advisor is now assigned to the Pine Gulch Fire and will be producing a daily smoke outlook, which is posted with this update and at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/WesternColorado.

Today, widespread smoke from the Pine Gulch fire is expected impact many parts of Colorado Tuesday and Tuesday Night into Wednesday. Areas affected downwind from the fires along the I-70 corridor in central Colorado and as far east as the Front Range region and the eastern plains. For more information on smoke and smoke impacts, please visit https://airnow.gov.

Emergency Alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or land line phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For 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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: 36,449 acres
Containment: 7%
Total Personnel: 589
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Pine Gulch Fire grows on Monday, Red Flag Warning on Tuesday

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire continues northeast amid dry, windy conditions

Current situation: By Monday morning, the Pine Gulch Fire grew to 29,425 acres according to an overnight infrared flight. On Sunday, the fire was active from the pre-dawn hours through the day, primarily on Horse Mountain. Fuels remained critically dry and winds out of the southwest continued pushing the fire northeast through the day. The fire burning on Cow Ridge continued working downslope to Kimball Creek and spotted across the Kimball Creek (202) road late yesterday afternoon. The fire on the north side of 202 grew to approximately 300 acres and is located south face of Kimball Mountain. Firefighters actively fought the fire on the south side of Kimball Mountain into early Monday morning. One old, abandoned structure was burned on Sunday afternoon in the Kimball Creek drainage. The Pine Gulch Fire remains 7% contained.

On Monday, Division A will patrol and mop up the containment line along the X ½ road. Crews in Division G will be working with crews in Division Z looking for opportunities to secure the fire between the X ½ road/222 and the dozer lines constructed along the east end of the North Dry Fork (200) road. Other crews, called the Kimball Group, will continue working on structure protection in the Kimball Creek drainage and assessing values at risk north of the fire’s current location. Crews will be assessing containment options along the Roan Creek (204) road through the day today. A night shift with two divisions has been established; those divisions are known as J and V (not currently shown on map). Crews assigned to those groups will be working overnight to protect values at risk in the fire area and conducting burn operations as conditions and fire behavior allow. Aerial resources will be used again today to assist efforts on the ground.

Weather & fuel conditions: Humidity recovery was poor again overnight although fire behavior was less extreme than was seen on previous overnight shifts. Humidity will decrease through the day today with an expected minimum relative humidity as low as 7%. Temperatures are expected to be 86-89 degrees. Winds out of the southwest are expected to be consistent through the day with gusts as high as 18 mph. If winds and slope align over the fire, there is a possibility for extreme fire behavior and high rates of spread again today.

Closures and evacuations: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Sunday night. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net/. There is a new road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at Kimball Creek Road (202); that closure is being staffed by Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Air quality: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)  has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for western Mesa County and Garfield County. Current air quality information is available on the Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com/air-quality and updates on the Pine Gulch Fire are available at www.garfieldcounty.net. Information on the health impacts of wildfire smoke can be found on the county’s wildfire smoke page.

Emergency alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or land line phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For 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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size: 29,425 acres
Containment: 7%
Total personnel: 535
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 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

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire continues northeast amid dry, windy conditions

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire update as evacuations in place

On Sunday, the #PineGulchFireCO grew to 25,026 acres. The fire was active from the pre-dawn hours through the day, primarily on Horse Mountain. Fuels remained critically dry and winds out of the southeast continued pushing the fire northeast through the day. The fire burning on Cow Ridge continued working downslope to Kimball Creek and pushed across the Kimball Creek Road (202) late this afternoon. The fire on the north side of 202 grew to approximately 300 acres and is located along the south face of Kimball Mountain.

Both aerial and ground resources have evaluated the fire across CR 202, and firefighters are actively fighting the fire on the south side of Kimball Mountain tonight in an attempt to contain the fire that crossed the road. Fire behavior so far tonight is less extreme than firefighters saw last night, and crews will remain engaged as long as it is safe to do so. Helicopters and airtankers also assisted fire fighters during the day.

In order to provide for firefighter and public safety, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuations for residents on Roan Creek Road (204), Clear Creek Road (211), Carr Creek Road (207) and Brush Creek Road (209). Emergency Management Operations personnel are evacuating residents door to door in the area. Garfield County emergency notifications were sent from Garfield County 911 dispatch as well. For further information on evacuations in the area, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net or https://facebook.com/GarcoSheriff.

RMIMT: Pine Gulch Fire update as evacuations in place

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Residents evacuated north of Pine Gulch Fire

Fire is in far western Garfield County above Grand Junction

UPDATE: 8.9.20 AT 11:10 p.m. – More residences evacuated north of Pine Gulch Fire

Residents on county roads 204/Roan Creek Road, 211/Clear Creek Road, 207/Carr Creek Road and 209/Brush Creek Road  are being evacuated, following the Pine Gulch Fire crossing County Road 202. The fire is spreading to the northeast. It is located to the west and north of De Beque, so is not headed towards the town as this time.

Emergency Management Operations personnel are evacuating residents door to door in the area. Garfield County Emergency notifications were sent from Garfield County 911 dispatch as well.

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is prepared to accept animals needing relocation tonight, please call 970.309.4341 for assistance; and give at least fifteen minutes notice for arrival and unlocking of gates for access.

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8.9.20 at 9:57 p.m. Residents on County Road 204 are being evacuated, as the Pine Gulch Fire spreads northward tonight. Emergency Management Operations personnel are evacuating residents door to door in the area; they had been on pre-evacuation orders since Saturday. Garfield County Emergency notifications were sent from dispatch as well.

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is prepared to accept animals needing relocation tonight, please call 970.309.4341 for assistance; and give at least fifteen minutes notice for arrival and unlocking of gates for access.

Further evacuations are possible tonight. As the fire moves northeast, pre-evacuations were announced Saturday to residences along County Road (CR) 204, as well as residences on Clear Creek Road, CR 209, and CR 207, to allow safe egress prior to advancement of the fire. Approximately eight residences are on County Road 204, and Emergency Management Operations personnel visited them Friday night in person to discuss the fire’s advancement, operations and preparations. As evacuations are ordered, residences will again be visited in person by emergency management personnel to ensure they are aware of the need to leave quickly.

A small number of residences have also been evacuated on County Roads 200 and 202 via in person notifications. Electricity to affected properties was disabled prior to the evacuations for safety. Roads are closed in the area for safe fire operations.

Emergency notifications to affected residents will also be done through Garfield County Emergency Notification System – subscribe at garco911.com. Pine Gulch Fire updates are posted on Inciweb, and pre-evacuation and evacuation information will be posted on the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office facebook page, and the county’s emergency feed at garfieldcounty.net.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office: Residents evacuated north of Pine Gulch Fire

RMIMT: Public meeting today at 5 pm on Zoom for Pine Gulch Fire

August 9 at 5 p.m.

Below, you will find the information on today’s 5 p.m. virtual public meeting.

Due to the limits on the number of attendees allowed in Zoom meetings, we prefer that those who have the ability view the meeting through the Pine Gulch Fire Facebook page. This is in an effort to keep as many non-Facebook spots as open to the public as possible. Viewers do not need a Facebook account to view the meeting – just close the prompt to log in or sign up and the entire page will be available. The live stream will appear at the top of the Pine Gulch Fire Facebook page a couple of minutes before 5:00.

For those who do prefer to not use Facebook, please reply to this email or contact communications@garfield-county.com, and we will gladly send you the link to connect through Zoom.

WHEN: Today, August 9, 5 p.m.

WHERE: https://facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO (Live stream will appear at the top of the feed a couple of minutes before 5 p.m.

WHAT: Members of Rocky Mountain Team Black will be provide an update on the Pine Gulch Fire.

We look forward to seeing you all there. If you have questions, please contact us by email or by phone at the contact information below.

Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov

RMIMT: Public meeting today at 5 pm on Zoom for Pine Gulch Fire

RMIMT: Pine Gulch fire 7% contained; more challenging weather ahead

Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 7% contained despite another day of challenging conditions and a very active fire. The fire front worked its way down the north side of Cow Ridge but was largely sheltered from afternoon winds on Saturday. Crews continued work on fire lines constructed in the preceding days and utilizing firing operations where possible to secure the fires edge.

On Saturday, crews in Division A held and improved lines along the O 9/10 road and were successful in completing a firing operation to tie the road into the southwest corner of the fire perimeter. In Division D, crews completed lines connecting the northwest corner of the fire perimeter to the west end of the North Dry Fork Road (CR 200). In Division G, firefighters completed structure assessments along the Kimball Creek drainage CR 202 and monitored lines along CR 200 south of High Lonesome Ranch. Division Z completed line prep along on Mesa County X ½ road/Garfield County CR 222 to connect with Division G’s indirect lines and structure protection along the 200 road.

On Sunday, Division A will patrol the containment line and hold fire lines constructed on Saturday. Division D will continue working on the west end of CR 200. Crews in Division G will be working with crews in Division Z looking for opportunities to secure the fire between the X ½ road/CR 222 and the dozer lines constructed along the east end of CR200. Crews will also be working in the Kimball Creek drainage (CR 202) to get structure protection in place and engage with the fire if it moves from Cow Ridge into the Kimball drainage. Aerial resources will be used again today to assist efforts on the ground.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Humidity recovery was poor again overnight. Humidity will decrease through the day today with an expected minimum relative humidity as low as 8%. Temperatures are expected to be 85-88 degrees. Winds out of the southwest are again expected to pick up to 15 mph through the day. If winds and slope align over the fire, there is a possibility for extreme fire behavior again today.

Closures and Evacuations: There is a road closure in place on County Road (CR) 200 at the Mesa-Garfield County line to prevent nonessential traffic from entering the fire area. A second closure on CR 202 (Kimball Creek) at CR 204 (Roan Creek) was put in place on Saturday.  Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 and a pre-evacuation order for all residences on county roads 204, 207, 209, and Clear Creek Road. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net/.

Emergency Alerts: Both Mesa and Garfield counties have emergency alert systems to alert citizens – by cell or land line phone – about emergencies, evacuations, and other important community news. To sign up for alerts in Garfield County, please visit garco911.com. For 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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: 23,882 acres
Containment: 7%
Total Personnel: 472
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m. Cause: Lightning

RMIMT: Pine Gulch fire 7% contained; more challenging weather ahead

RMIMT: Rate of growth slows on Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction

Wildfire is in far western Garfield County north of Grand Junction

Fire is zero percent contained

UPDATE: August 7, 2:20 p.m. – There is a correction on percentage of containment on today’s Fire Gulch Fire update, issued at 10:34 a.m.. The containment on the Pine Gulch fire has changed from 5% to 0%.

Containment on a fire is measured by dividing the total length of the fire’s perimeter by the amount of that perimeter that is contained. That is why containment is shown as a percent – percent of the perimeter that is contained. As a fire grows, the length of the total perimeter will increase; if the section of that perimeter that is contained does not grow along with the total perimeter, that containment percentage will decrease.

That is the case with the Pine Gulch Fire. Containment on the fire had been calculated at 5% for the past several days. As the fire has grown, the section of the perimeter considered contained has not kept up with the growth of the total perimeter. Further analysis of these calculations has led to a revision of the fire’s containment to 0%.
This revision is not due to any significant events on the fire today, it is simply a function of the numbers and that containment under 5% is calculated as 0%.

We do anticipate containment to increase as the firing operation along the south side of the fire is completed.

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Current situation: Despite Red Flag conditions, growth of the Pine Gulch Fire was limited to approximately 1,200 acres on Thursday.  The fire is now 13,074 acres and remains 0% contained. The fire’s location on north side of Horse Mountain was sheltered from gusty afternoon winds, resulting in moderate fire activity yesterday. Fire growth was primarily on the northwest and northeast corners of the fire as it worked its way downhill in gullies and ridges.

Through the day on Thursday, crews in all divisions continued work removing vegetation along roads and constructing lines around the fire. Favorable conditions overnight gave the crews on swing shift an opportunity to conduct a firing operation along two miles of the O 9/10 Road. A firing operation uses a fire lit along a control line to consume fuel (vegetation) between the control line and the fire. The overnight firing operation was successful.

On Friday, crews on the south side of the fire will hold and improve lines along the O 9/10 Road in addition to continuing prep work on the west end of that road to potentially continue firing operation in the future. On the west-northwest side of the fire, crews will continue constructing line to the east with hand crews and bulldozers to tie into the 200 Road. Firefighters on the northeast side of the fire will continue improving the prep work on the North Dry Fork Road (200 Road) and continuing work around structures in that area. Crews on the south side of the fire will continue removing fuels along the X ½ Road. Aerial resources will be available again today to assist efforts on the ground.

Weather & fuel conditions: Friday will bring the second Red Flag Warning day to the Pine Gulch Fire. Winds will decrease slightly – with gusts from 22 to 25 mph and humidity could slightly increase, from 10 to 12%.

Temperatures will be in the mid-80’s. Fire activity is expected to increase in the afternoon as the wind picks up. There will be areas of light smoke around De Beque and along I-70 between Parachute and the Beaver Tail tunnel.

Closures and evacuations: There is a road closure in place on Mesa County Road 200 at the Mesa-Garfield County line to prevent nonessential traffic from entering the fire area. The presence of non-fire traffic within the area is a distraction and a hazard to firefighters and members of the public. There are no evacuations in place at this time. 

Fire restrictions: Fire danger across the region is rated as very high. Both Mesa County and Garfield County have Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. BLM lands within the Grand Junction Field Office are also under Stage 1 Restrictions. To learn more about fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in western Colorado, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xfVFY.

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. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: 13,074 acres
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 449
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m. Cause: Lightning

For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Email: 2020.PineGulch@firenet.gov
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6906/
Facebook: facebook.com/PineGulchFireCO

RMIMT: Rate of growth slows on Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction