Grand Junction Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road Grand Junction Colorado 81506
Pine Gulch Fire Update
Monday August 10, 2020 – 1:00 p.m.
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 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
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.
Interactive Fire Map: https://arcg.is/W0izr