Pine Gulch Fire Update Aug. 31

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — As of Monday morning, the Pine Gulch Fire is just barely over 139,000 acres, and at a 79% containment.

As of August 27, 2020, the Pine Gulch Fire, located about 18 miles north of Grand Junction, became the largest wildfire in Colorado history. That previous title was held by the Hayman Fire of 2002, burning just about 137-thousand acres northwest of Colorado Springs.

Current situation summary from the Pine Gulch Fire Information Team :

The focus of operations for the Pine Gulch Fire is now assessing, prioritizing, and repairing damage from fire suppression activities that were needed to contain the fire. These repairs will return the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible.

Monday’s map reflects work needed to be done in red. Please note that red on the suppression repair map does not mean unsecured fire lines.

Priority areas for this work include areas needed for access by oil and gas companies and hunters. The speed of work will depend on how accessible areas are for bringing in heavy equipment. Areas where the equipment must be walked in will take the longest to complete. Good progress was made for suppression repair on the east side of the fire on Sunday. Work will continue on the east side today and will begin northwest of the fire, working from Road 256 south. Fire personnel will continue to contact private landowners over the next few days to secure permission to do suppression repair on their properties. Although suppression repair is underway, infrared flights show hot spots still exist on the interior of the fire and in some areas near firelines. In light of today’s red flag warning, firefighters will monitor areas where fires may flare up and are ready to respond to fire spread if necessary.

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