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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Fires Across the State Near Containment
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The Pine Gulch Fire is currently 95% controlled. It was started by a lightning strike on July 31 approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction. Initial Attack resources were unable to corral this remote wildfire as it spread rapidly through grass, sage, pinyon juniper and fir.

The fire has now burned 139,007 acres and currently has 253 personnel involved in the fight to get it under complete control. Estimated containment is projected for September 15th.

The combination of drought-stressed vegetation, unseasonably hot weather and steep terrain led to weeks of active burning. Smoke columns were often visible from Grand Junction and the surrounding area as the wildfire exhibited extreme fire behavior. During the night of August 18, the fire grew quickly due to thunderstorm winds up to 40 mph for a three to four-hour period. As a result, the fire increased by more than 30,000 acres that night.

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