The Pine Gulch Fireplace grew to 73,381 acres as of Friday morning.
MESA COUNTY, Colo. — The Pine Gulch Fireplace, which is burning 18 miles north of Grand Junction, grew to 73,381 acres making the fourth largest wildfire in Colorado historical past, in keeping with the Rocky Mountain Space Coordination Middle (RMACC).
The Pine Gulch Fireplace stays 7 % contained as of Friday morning.
The Rocky Mountain Sort 1 Incident Administration Staff (IMT), with Dan Dallas as Incident Commander, assumed command of the Pine Gulch Fireplace at 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14.
The three largest fires in state historical past are the Hayman Fireplace from 2002 which burned 137,760 acres, the Spring Creek in 2018 which burned 108,045 acres and the Excessive Park Fireplace of 2012 which burned 87,284 acres, the RMACC stated.
Pine Gulch Fireplace operations on Friday will give attention to monitoring, patrolling and enhancing beforehand constructed fireplace strains, in addition to scouting further choices in anticipation of afternoon winds out of the northwest.
Burnout operations will happen provided that fireplace conduct dictates, particularly in areas closest to values in danger. Bulldozers and hand crews will proceed to work the northern edge and alongside 204 Highway on the east aspect.
The northwestern edge in Division E was probably the most energetic on Thursday, and crews will proceed to work on securing the fireplace line and tying in to the Division Okay line that has been holding effectively alongside 204 Rd.
The wildfire was sparked by lightning July 31 about 18 miles north of Grand Junction.
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