Pine Gulch Fire statistics:
Size: 139,007 acres
Total personnel: 323
Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO
Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.
Current situation: Passage of a cold front yesterday sent temperatures plummeting 40 degrees lower than the day before. Many areas of the fire were at or below freezing. The cold, combined with rain and snow throughout the day, caused firefighters and heavy equipment to stand down after moving equipment to areas with good footing. Approximately 0.5 to 0.75 inches of rain fell, with 1-4 inches of snow above 6,500 feet. Today, firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the Pine Gulch Fire from good roads and backhaul unneeded equipment. With cool and wet weather and containment approaching 100 percent, firefighters and firefighting equipment continue to demobilize from the fire and the incident management team continues preparation to return management of the fire to local agencies.
Assessing and repairing damage from fire suppression will continue throughout the fire perimeter and interior as conditions allow to ensure that actions taken to fight the fire, such as building firelines, do not have long-lasting impacts to natural resources. Priority areas for remaining work include the Douglas Pass area on the west side of the fire (Divisions D/E), including Highway 139, Barrel Springs Road and County Road 256. In the fire’s interior, priority areas are along Lonesome Ridge on the western side of the fire.
Weather forecast and fire behavior: Today will be mostly cloudy, becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. A low pressure system remains over the area with a 60 percent chance for precipitation. The best chance for rain and snow showers (as low as 6,000 feet) is early to mid-morning. More showers, including isolated thunderstorms, could develop during the afternoon and evening. Another 0.10 to 0.30 inches of rain could fall. High temperatures at low elevations will be in the upper 40s and at high elevations near 40 degrees. Relative humidity will be 35-60 percent. Winds will be from the northeast, 7-15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. A slow warming and drying trend will begin tomorrow.
No fire perimeter growth is expected today. Given the weather, there are no areas of concern in the Pine Gulch Fire for fire behavior. Light live and dead vegetation will be wet and unlikely to burn, heavy material will remain mostly shaded by cloud cover and will continue getting moister.
Area closures: A Bureau of Land Management area closure is in effect for lands managed by the agency in the fire area. Areas are closed beyond the following road junctions:
- 266 Road at Highway 139
- County Road 200 at County Line
- 21 Road at entrance to Hunter Canyon
- 16 Road at V8/10 Road
- County (Roan Creek) Road 204 at 209 intersection
- End of V2/10 Road at BLM closure
- Q 5/10 Road at 18 Road
- Garvey Canyon Road
For more information, see www.facebook.com/BLMColoradoFire
- County Road 256 east of Douglas Pass
- Base of Bookcliffs
- Coal Canyon
- North Fruita Desert, 18 Road, campground and bike trails
- V 2/10 Road north of the Wild Horse Management Area
- Mount Garfield hiking trail to foot travel
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.
Equipment and personnel: 2 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 12 engines, 8 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 skidgen 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.
Interactive fire map: https://arcg.is/W0izr
Highway information: https://cotrip.org/home.htm