Garfield County declares local disaster emergency over Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek Fires

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – Garfield County has declared a local disaster emergency over two large wildfires burning in the area, allowing the county to receive federal aid and assistance to combat the blazes. The Pine Gulch Fire in western Garfield County has burned more than 68,000 acres north of Grand Junction, and the Grizzly Creek Fire in and around Glenwood Canyon has consumed more than 6,200 acres as of Thursday afternoon.

Continued hot and dry weather conditions are forecast, along with high winds, creating potential for further spread of these wildfires. The disaster declaration was created on Aug. 12, and the Board of County Commissioners will ratify the resolution at the regular BOCC meeting on Monday, Aug. 17.

The fires constitute a “local disaster emergency that warrants the mobilization of emergency response and the furnishing of aid and assistance,” the document reads.

The declaration is necessary to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Garfield County, and will be in effect for seven days, after which it can be continued or renewed.

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