Pine Gulch Fire update

Pine Gulch Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 133,783 acres
Containment: 44%
Total Personnel: 907
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of
Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

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Current Situation: The Pine Gulch Fire is now 44% contained. After several days of being tested by winds, the fire edge on the east has not moved. Nearly the entire eastern perimeter and part of the north is now considered
contained, as is a portion on the south/southwest. Primary operational focus is now on Divisions D/E/F and at the Division B/A break.

Fire behavior is expected to be moderate today; however, passing storm cells have the potential for erratic winds, and this could increase fire behavior and cause growth in the north, west, and south.

Fire remained active overnight in Division E where it is backing and flanking down drainages. Dozers worked overnight on the 266 and 265A roads, while crews continued securing and mopping up areas along the 266 Road and Hwy 139 where they had performed successful burning operations on previous nights. There is a horseshoe shaped area between the 256 Road and the 266/267 Road that remains a priority. Outflow winds could push fire north in this area. Direct attack is not an option; the area is steep, rugged, and rocky and not safe for firefighters. Firefighters are
working on alternative options here including indirect control line, dozer line, and the possibility of burning operations to bring the fire to a more manageable and accessible area. Weather allowing, aircraft will fly in this area today and help check the fire’s edge. Firefighters and heavy equipment are still strengthening secondary control lines to the north in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators will complete their work on the 207 and 209 Roads in Division L today, and they will relocate to continue work on roads in Division F. Structure protection crews will assess structures in Divisions F and G.

Firefighters continue monitoring fire behavior at the Divisions B/A break. Fire here remains inside containment lines but is actively burning the available fuels. As in Division E, storm cells remain the concern. Fire managers will keep scouting for further indirect options to help prevent southerly spread.

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thunderstorms are forecasted today starting after 2 p.m. with a higher likelihood of moving directly over the fire than on past days. Gusty winds and lightning are the main concern; rainfall is not
predicted. Storm outflow gusts could be up to 25 mph. Temperatures should be slightly cooler today in the high 80s to low 90s and then start to decrease through the week. Relative humidity will be 11-13%. Winds will be west
to northwest, 7-9 mph with gusts to 14. By the end of the week, chances of rain will increase to 20%, and winds will become south/southwest

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: There are currently no pre-evacuations or evacuations in Mesa County:

Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200). The V 2/10 Rd. at the 44 Rd, Coal Canyon Rd. just past the Cameo Shooting Range. The 21 Road
north of the BLM boundary, 16 Road at V 8/10 Road, and the Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Rd. CO-139 Douglas Pass north of Loma from mile marker 6 to mile marker 39. BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and
Palisade. Please see:

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 For more information on smoke levels, please visit

Emergency Alerts: For Garfield County, please visit Mesa County alerts, please visit
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

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.
Interactive Fire Map:
Smoke Outlook:

Pine Gulch Fire update

Type 2 team called in for Pine Gulch Fire

Wildfire is in far western Garfield County north of Grand Junction – fire reached Garfield County border Monday evening

8.3.20 at 9:30 am: GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Pine Gulch Fire started as a result of lightning Friday evening, July 31. It is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private lands approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction in Mesa County, approaching the Garfield County line. The fire has grown to approximately 1,500 acres and is 5% contained.

There are several structures now threatened. As the fire continued actively burning overnight, fire crews conducted burnout operations to remove fuels from the fire’s path. Due to extreme fire behavior and continued growth Sunday, a Type 2 incident command team has been ordered.

Road barricades have been placed around the affected fire area, and numerous public visitors have driven around the closures. The presence of non-fire traffic within the area is a distraction and a hazard to firefighters and members of the public. Sheriff’s deputies will be limiting access to roads in the fire area.

There are 95 firefighting resources currently assigned to the fire, including four engines, two fire modules, two Type 2 hand crews and the Wyoming Hotshot crew, with air support from two helicopters (Type 1 and Type 3), a single engine air tanker, and two large air tankers. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Team will transfer management of the Pine Gulch Fire to the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black tomorrow morning. Additional firefighting resources are en route. Participating agencies include Mesa County, De Beque Fire Protection District, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, BLM and Forest Service.

InciWeb: Pine Gulch Fire updates

BLM lands within the Grand Junction Field Office are currently under stage 1 fire restrictions.
Fire restrictions on BLM-managed lands in northwest Colorado

Type 2 team called in for Pine Gulch Fire