Grand Junction Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road Grand Junction Colorado 81506
Pine Gulch Fire Update
Sunday August 9, 2020 – 10:00 am
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black
Troy Hagan, Incident Commander
Information Office: (970) 628-0130
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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
Total Personnel: 472
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
For More Information:
Information Office: (970) 628-0130, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.