There was minimal growth on the Pine Gulch Fire Wednesday– just 38 acres. The Pine Gulch Fire, burning less than 20 miles north of Grand Junction, is now 135,958 acres and 53% contained as of Thursday. The fire has been burning since the evening of July 31, 2020.
Current fire activity summary from the Pine Gulch Fire Team:
Active fire spread outside the fire perimeter should be limited again Thursday due to successful containment lines. Most fire activity will be interior burning when fire picks up pockets of unburned fuels. On Thursday, fire activity will be most likely on the west side in Division D, where smoke may be seen coming from within the fire perimeter.
Crews were highly successful in their efforts to build direct control line in the East Salt Creek area of Division F, and this control line is holding well. On Thursday, heavy equipment operators will work to complete secondary control lines north of there. More containment was added in Division K yesterday, and the Pine Gulch Fire is now 53% contained. In Divisions K, Z, and A, firefighters are backhauling unneeded equipment. Some equipment and personnel will be released so they can be utilized on other fires in the region where the need is greater. The fire near the Division A/B
break shows no signs of breaching containment lines, and Divisions B and D are in patrol and monitor status. Crews in Division E will work on any remaining mop-up needs.
The overall focus on the Pine Gulch Fire is quickly shifting from fire suppression to suppression repair. Suppression repair involves actions that help minimize damage to soil, water, and other resources directly attributable to fire suppression activities. Firefighters will work with specialists called Resource Advisors who will help ascertain needs. Thunderstorms were widespread just north of the fire yesterday with one moving directly over the eastern half of the fire. This prompted a brief Flash Flood Warning for the eastern half of the Pine Gulch fire. There was a small amount of debris flow near Kimball Creek Rd. More thunderstorms are predicted, and these bring the potential for debris flows and flash flooding.