Pine Gulch Fire: Crews focus largely on suppression and repair as containment increases

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Firefighters continue to monitor, patrol and mop up the Pine Gulch Fire on Tuesday. The total fire acreages as of Tuesday is 139,007, and the fire is 81% contained. Due to dry weather and gusty winds Monday, some interior hot spots flared up, but these did not threaten firelines.

Firefighters will monitor these areas and take a reconnaissance flight over the fire Tuesday to check containment lines made by aircraft (water and retardant drops) in areas inaccessible to fire crews and equipment (mostly in Division B).

Pine Gulch Fire reference map

Repairing damage from fire suppression continues throughout the fire and perimeter. Good progress is being made, but moving heavy equipment takes time on narrow, winding roads. Suppression repair on the east side of the fire (Division Z) is almost complete, and on Monday, workers, and equipment moved to the northwest side of the fire (Division D/E), working from Road 256 south.

Tuesday will be the first full shift of suppression repair in both sides of the fire. Priority areas for returning the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible include access roads used by oil and gas companies and hunters. Fire personnel continue to contact private landowners to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties.

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