Pine Gulch Fire Aug. 17: 85,407 acres, 7% contained, heavy smoke filled region

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There will be a virtual public meeting live-streamed at 6 p.m. Monday, August 17. Please go to
Facebook, @PineGulchFireCO to participate, or you can find the link for a ZOOM meeting on the Pine Gulch Fire Facebook page and InciWeb. To utilize ZOOM, enter this code and password: Webinar ID: 979 7398 6417 Passcode: 767681.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Pine Gulch wildfire is at approximately 85,407 acres and is still 7% contained as of Monday. Fire activity is expected to continue due to high temperatures, dry and windy conditions. Winds will remain out of the east/northeast in the morning changing to north/northwest. The fire and winds have aligned with drainages in several areas on the west. Fuels in these drainages are critically dry, creating the potential for significant fire behavior, spread, and spot. But, it is a crucial day for fire staff to implement plans. Monday presents an opportunity to successfully influence the duration of the Pine Gulch Fire. Crews will be working swiftly
to seize control and suppression opportunities. Residents should fully expect to see smoke columns established in several areas of the fire today – multiple columns may be visible at once.

Evacuations, Garfield County: Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road, Brush Creek (209) road, CR 202.

Closures: Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200) road has a staffed closure. Travel is not recommended along the 21 Road north of Fruita or on the 16 Road/CR 205 north of the V 8/10 Rd.
Barricades are in place on these roads.

Areas of heavy smoke have been observed Monday morning across portions of central and western Colorado due to the Pine Gulch Fire. Smoke will gradually increase Monday morning as winds from the east push smoke back into Grand Junction and Grand Valley areas. By Monday afternoon the
winds at the fires will be out of a north to northwesterly direction. This could bring periods of USG to Unhealthy conditions and heavy smoke for areas south and southeast of both wildfires, especially the Pine Gulch wildfire where the winds will be stronger. By late Monday afternoon, smoke should begin to drain into lower-lying areas surrounding Grand Valley. This will bring longer duration, heavy smoke to several drainages near the Pine Gulch wildfire including areas around De Beque, Grand Junction, Fruita, and Loma, as well as areas along Interstate 70 in Garfield County.

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Heavy overnight smoke from the Grizzly Creek wildfire will impact locations due to east winds that will affect northern Moffat County. If you notice health effects from smoke, you are encouraged to follow actions to protect yourself listed below. Always remember, if you smell smoke, you are breathing smoke. Air Quality Health Advisory for wildfire smoke may appear in these areas. Please use caution on roads, highways, and interstates in the areas due to limited visibility.

USFS Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program
USFS Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program

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