Pine Gulch Fire at 124,934 acres, 17 percent containment

Pine Gulch Fire update – August 21, 2020 – 10 a.m., Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team:

Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size:
approximately 124,934 acres
Containment: 17%
Total Personnel: 893
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Cause: Lightning

Special notes: The BLM has implemented an area closure for BLM lands north of Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade. Please see: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Current situation: Yesterday, fire behavior remained relatively moderate for most of the day; however, it increased in the afternoon. Most of the activity was on the south side of the fire, near the Hunter Burn scar at the Division B/A break. Storm cells settled over the fire in this area, and outflow winds pushed fire east toward the established dozer line as predicted, but the dozer line is holding. Crews also accomplished successful burning operations in this area overnight, helping to hold the fire at the dozer line. As the inversion lifts and winds align with terrain, this area may become active again today, and crews will perform more burning operations as conditions permit. Further west in Division B, fire began to fill in the unburned area in Garvey Canyon, helping to even up that edge of the fire.

In Divisions D and E on the west, the focus remains on Hwy 139 as a containment line, and crews will look for opportunities to perform burning operations between the highway and the fire as conditions allow. The 256 and 289 Roads remain control features; however, fuels here are heavy and terrain is steep, making it an unsafe area to directly engage the fire. If conditions allow, firefighters will perform burning operations in the coming days to help keep the fire east of Douglas Pass, where they may be able to engage it on more favorable ground. Fire managers also acknowledge the reality that upcoming weather and terrain could align in a way that causes growth into the Douglas Pass area. Crews are therefore performing structure assessment and preparation for values at the top of Douglas Pass, and firefighters are preparing multiple roads north of the 256 Road in Divisions F and L. Heavy equipment operators have already been working for several days to widen and improve roads in Division L to the north. In Division K, keeping the fire south of the 204 Road remains a priority. The east side of the fire has checked itself on natural barriers such as the Book Cliffs, and Divisions Z and A have continued to withstand the test of winds.

Firefighters assigned specifically to structure protection groups will be working on the west side of the fire today and along Hwy 139 to assess and prepare values in that area. Pine Gulch Fire operations are active 24 hours a day. Night operations are heavily staffed, with firefighters patrolling, assessing, and performing burning operations if called for.

Weather & fuel conditions: Mostly sunny today with a few cumulus clouds developing in the afternoon. Thunderstorms are possible, but drier air is moving into the region, so chances are slight. High pressure persists, keeping conditions hot and dry with temperatures up to 95 and relative humidity from 10-12%. Humidities may drop into single digits again as week goes on. Today’s winds will come from the ENE, shifting to come form the N and finally the NW at 8-11 mph with gusts 10-20 mph. Division B could again see winds from the south/southwest. Overall atmospheric conditions remain unstable.

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. 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: 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, 9 Type 2 hand crews, 9 helicopters, 64 engines, 11 bulldozers, 16 water tenders, and overhead/support personnel.

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Actualización del Fuego Pine Gulch
Agosto 21, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Estadísticas del Fuego Pine Gulch:
Tamaño:
124,934 acres
Contención: 17%
Personal total: 893
Ubicación: Aproximadamente 18 miles al norte de Grand Junction, CO
Reportado: July 31, aproximadamente 5:15 p.m.
Causa: Relámpago

Notas especiales: El BLM ha implementado un cierre de área para las tierras de BLM al norte de Loma, Fruita, Grand Junction y Palisade. Consulte: www.tinyurl.com/PineGulchBLM

Situación actual: Ayer, el comportamiento del fuego fue relativamente moderado durante la mayor parte del día; sin embargo, aumentó por la tarde. La mayor parte de la actividad fue en el lado sur del fuego, cerca de la cicatriz del fuego Hunter entre las Divisiónes B / A. Las células de tormenta se asentaron sobre el fuego en esta área, y los vientos empujaron el fuego hacia el este hacia la línea de control establecida como se predijo, pero la línea de control se mantiene. Los bomberos también realizaron operaciones de quema exitosas en esta área durante la noche, ayudando a contener el fuego en la línea de control. A medida que la inversión se eleva y los vientos se alinean con el terreno, esta área puede volver a activarse hoy y los bomberos realizarán más operaciones de quema si las condiciones lo permiten. Más al oeste en la División B, el fuego comenzó a llenar el área en Garvey Canyon que todavía no ha quemado, ayudando a apoyar ese borde del fuego. En las Divisiones D y E en el oeste, el enfoque permanece en la Hwy 139 como línea de contención, y los bomberos buscarán oportunidades para realizar operaciones de quema entre la carretera y el incendio según las condiciones lo permitan. Las carreteras 256 y 289 siguen siendo funciones de control; sin embargo, los combustibles aquí son pesados y el terreno es empinado, por lo que es un área insegura para atacar directamente el fuego. Si las condiciones lo permiten, los bomberos realizarán operaciones de quema en los próximos días para ayudar a mantener el fuego al este de Douglas Pass, donde es posible que puedan atacarlo en un terreno más favorable. Los administradores de incendios también reconocen la realidad de que el clima y el terreno próximos podrían alinearse de una manera que provoque el crecimiento en el área de Douglas Pass. Por lo tanto, los equipos están realizando una evaluación de la estructura y preparación para los valores en la parte superior de Douglas Pass, y los bomberos están preparando varias carreteras al norte de la 256 Road en las Divisiones F y L. Los operadores de equipos pesados ya han estado trabajando durante varios días para mejorar las carreteras en División L al norte. En la División K, mantener el fuego al sur de la 204 Road sigue siendo una prioridad. El lado este del fuego se ha controlado a sí mismo en barreras naturales como los bookcliffs, y las divisiones Z y A han continuado resistiendo la prueba de los vientos.

Los bomberos asignados específicamente a grupos de protección de estructuras trabajarán en el lado oeste del incendio hoy y a lo largo de la Hwy 139 para evaluar y preparar los valores en esa área. Las operaciones de Pine Gulch Fire están activas las 24 horas del día. Las operaciones nocturnas cuentan con una gran cantidad de personal, y los bomberos patrullan, evalúan y realizan operaciones de quema si es necesario.

Condiciones meteorológicas y de combustible: Hoy suele estar soleado con algunos cúmulos por la tarde. Las tormentas eléctricas son posibles, pero el aire más seco se está moviendo hacia la región, por lo que las posibilidades son mínimas. La alta presión persiste, manteniendo las condiciones cálidas y secas con temperaturas de hasta 95ºC y humedad relativa del 10-12%. Las humedades pueden volver a caer a un solo dígito a medida que avanza la semana. Los vientos de hoy vendrán del ENE, cambiando para venir desde el N y finalmente el NW a 8-11 mph con ráfagas de 10-20 mph. La División B pudo volver a ver vientos del sur / suroeste. Las condiciones atmosféricas generales siguen siendo inestables.

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). Hay una orden pre-evacuación 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 de pre-evacuación. Para obtener más información: www.garfieldcounty.net. No hay 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. CO-139 Douglas Pass al norte de Loma desde la milla 6 hasta la milla 39. 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 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, 9 Equipos de bomberos de tipo 2, 9 helicópteros, 64 camiones de bombero, 11 topadores, 16 camiones de agua, y varias personas de apoyo.

Pine Gulch Fire at 124,934 acres, 17 percent containment

Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,992 acres, 11 percent containment

Update: 8.21.20, 3:25 p.m. – Great Basin IMT: This afternoon the Blue Ridge Hotshots are conducting a firing operation in the Bair Ranch area of the fire. The public can expect to see smoke that may be heavy at times.

Update: August 21, 2020, 9:27 a.m. – Great Basin IMT:

Grizzly Creek Fire statistics:
Size:
29,992 acres
Start date: Aug. 10
Location: Glenwood Canyon
Containment: 11%
Grizzly Creek Fire map – 8.21.20

Yesterday’s Activity:  Yesterday, firefighters continued building direct and indirect fire line and strengthened existing containment lines around the fire. Thunderstorms brought rain to the east side of the fire in the Bair Ranch area which slowed fire progression. However, hot, dry and windy conditions persisted west of I-70 where the fire remained more active.  

On the northwest side of the fire, crews neared completion of the fire line that was established along Transfer Trail to Windy Point. As fire continued to climb to the tops of drainages, to the northeast, fire managers worked on a plan to establish containment on the plateau once fire reaches the canyon’s north rim. On the east side of the fire, crews held direct and indirect line from I-70 going north and south to halt easterly spread of the fire. Structure protection continued in Bair Ranch, to the south of I-70 and crews conducted small burning operations. Moving to the Flattops area to the south, firefighters utilized engines and helicopter water drops to aid in fire suppression.

Yesterday, the Red Canyon initial attack fire, first called the Fischer Creek Fire, that started 8/19, in Garfield County, flared up due to hot and dry conditions. Resources from the Grizzly Creek fire assisted local resources and into last night and will continue to monitor the fire.

Today’s activity:  A return to hot and dry weather will increase fire activity. The west side of the fire remains hot and dry and can expect active fire behavior. On the east side of the fire increased fire activity is also expected as vegetation begins to dry out. Areas within the fire perimeter are burning at varying intensities, based on terrain, topography and vegetation. Crews continue to work in remote areas and have established temporary spike camps to cover large sections of the fire safely and efficiently.

Daily operations video updates will be posted on the Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook page. Maps and other information will also be posted on InciWeb.

Evacuations: Please go to Garfield County and Eagle County websites, as well as on official Facebook accounts.

Road Closures:
I-70 continues to be closed between Glenwood Springs (MP 116) and Gypsum (MP 133), with no estimated time for reopening. Forest Service Road 400, Eagle-Thomasville Road, is closed due to excessive traffic and accidents resulting from drivers attempting to use this primarily dirt road as an alternate to the I-70 closure. Cottonwood Pass Road in Garfield and Eagle counties. Coffee Pot Road, and Transfer Trail roads and areas of the Flattops accessed by those roads are also closed, as well as many surrounding White River National Forest and BLM roads. For more information regarding road closures: www.cotrip.org

More information: 
InciWeb

Facebook
Twitter: @fire_grizzly
Fire Information Line: (970) 930-1850
Media Line: (970) 930-1089
Office hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Email: 2020.grizzlycreek@firenet.gov

Area closures: BLM recreation sites and boat ramps on the southern portion of the Colorado River Road (RD 301) near Dotsero, Colorado. Specifically, Cottonwood Landing boat ramp, Lyons campground and boat ramp, and Dotsero boat ramp.

Fire restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for all jurisdictions. 

Resources:
Hand crews:
19
Helicopters: 18
Engines: 42
Water tenders: 11
Dozers: 11
Feller bunchers and other logging equipment
Total personnel: 889

Grizzly Creek Fire at 29,992 acres, 11 percent containment

CDOT: Active wildfires increase and extend highway closures across Colorado

STATEWIDE ? Highway safety closures are in place due to active wildfires in several locations around the state. The closures are in response to wildfires that continue to burn or are expanding to locations near state highways. Wildfire conditions in Colorado are an active situation: fire conditions can change rapidly with closures at any time. Motorists should avoid fire areas and be prepared for new road conditions and delays. CDOT recommends that travelers “know before you go” by checking COtrip.org before traveling, having detour maps handy (see below) and packing emergency food, water, and other supplies.


Reopening for all routes below will depend on wildfire activity in the coming days. Closures include:

  • Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon is closed between Mile Point 116 (Glenwood Springs) and MP 140 (Gypsum) due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. The closure began Monday, Aug. 10, when the Grizzly Creek Fire began burning along the interstate. There is no estimated time of opening I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. More information about the Grizzly Creek Fire can be found here.
  • Colorado Highway 14 is closed from west of Cameron Pass and Walden (Mile Point 61) for eastbound traffic and at Rustic and County Road 69 (MP 91) for westbound traffic due to the Cameron Peak Wildfire. Please see alternate routes below. More information about the Cameron Peak Fire can be found here.
  • Colorado Highway 139 (Douglas Pass) is closed due to fire activity from the Pine Gulch Fire. The closure is north of Loma (Fruita/Grand Junction) and between Mile Point 6 and MP 39. There is no anticipated time for reopening. More information about the Pine Gulch Fire can be found here.

The Williams Fork Fire in Grand County is burning near US Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 9, north of I-70, but is not impacting state highways at this time. More information about the Williams Fork Fire can be found here.

CDOT urges drivers to take recommended detours (see below) and not rely on mapping apps that may take motorists on forest roads and over mountain passes. Remote, rugged routes are not built for heavy traffic or for two-wheel drive vehicles.

DETOUR ROUTES
CDOT recommends that travelers plan for delays when using detour routes and possible construction impacts on US and state highways. Please also check COtrip.org for the latest road conditions. 


I-70

  • I-70 through traffic: CDOT recommends a southern detour route, due to construction on commonly used northern alternate routes. Drivers should anticipate additional traffic on these routes. CDOT has paused some construction projects in order to accommodate detour traffic. CDOT discourages travelers from using highways north of I-70 as a through route, due to construction zones (even if projects are paused during the closure).
  • WESTBOUND I-70: Denver metro area motorists can travel on US 285 to US 50, and continue west to Grand Junction. Travelers on I-70 can use CO 9 to US 285 south to US 50, or usus CO 91 southwest to US 24 to US 50.
  •  EASTBOUND I-70 : Motorists traveling from Grand Junction can use US 50 east to US 285 and continue to Denver. Eastbound travelers on US 50/285 may also use US 24, CO 91or CO 9 for destinations at or near Vail, Copper Mountain or Silverthorne. 
  • Independence Pass: CO 82 between Aspen and US 24 is open with limited access and alternating traffic, controlled by flagging personnel. Motorists are advised that only passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs and vans are allowed. No commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), camper trailers, recreational or similar vehicles are allowed. A 35-foot length restriction is in place. Motorists should expect slow speeds, lengthy travel times and potential delays of up to two hours if traveling over Independence Pass. Campers and recreational vehicles are strongly advised to seek alternate southern routes. 
  • CDOT asks that motorists not use Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass, or other county or forest service roads in Eagle and Garfield counties as a detour. These roads are not built for heavy traffic or commercial oversize vehicles. 


CO 14

  • CDOT recommends detouring north on US Highway 287 or Interstate 25 to Laramie, Wyoming, and then traveling on Wyoming Highway 230 to Walden, Colo.

CO 139

  • CDOT recommends traveling on CO 9 or CO 131 to access US Highway 40, or to travel in reverse from NW Colorado to points south or the recommended detour around the I-70 closure. CDOT advises commercial traffic to use CO 9 instead of CO 131, for safety purposes. Please note that while CO 13 is open at this time, it is not a recommended detour due to construction. Oversize commercial vehicles are not allowed on CO 13 due to construction restrictions. 
CDOT: Active wildfires increase and extend highway closures across Colorado