Mesa County declares local disaster emergency in response to Pine Gulch Fire

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — In support of the Mesa County Emergency Manager’s recommendation, the Chair of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners today declared a formal local disaster emergency in response to the impending consequences of the Pine Gulch Fire.

The lightning-caused wildfire is about 18 miles north of Grand Junction and has burned nearly 133,783 acres and is 44 percent contained. See the latest on the fire here.

This official declaration allows Mesa County to access all available emergency funding sources to respond to the consequences of this fire, which will require emergency watershed protection actions to mitigate the impact of flooding from drainages and waterways emanating from the Pine Gulch burn scar.

The disaster declaration further allows Mesa County to create policies to remove obstacles and activate additional resources to ensure the public’s safety.

“This declaration is not indicating that we have massive flames bearing down on Grand Junction,” said Scott McInnis, Chairman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners. “It’s putting us in a position where we can access additional local, state, and federal resources for Mesa County and use whatever resources necessary to mitigate risk and respond to the aftermath of the Pine Gulch Fire.” 

Although the Pine Gulch Fire was lightning-caused, residents should be aware that Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place and are urged to remain vigilant in the face of continued severe drought conditions and extreme fire danger — it only takes one spark to start a fire.

Pine Gulch Fire remains very active, for the latest information, visit

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