GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– The Pine Gulch Fire that was started by lightning last month has grown to more than 36,449 acres and is just 7% contained. The fire has grown so large that an air quality advisory has been issued for Mesa and Garfield counties.
The fire was started by lightning on July 31. It’s burning about 18 miles from Grand Junction and is spreading to the northeast.
Residents on CR204/Roan Creek Road, 211/Clear Creek Road, 207/Carr Creek Road & 209/Brush Creek Road have been evacuated, following the Pine Gulch Fire crossing County Road 202.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for a small number of homes on County Roads 200 and 202 on Sunday.
Wildfire smoke is influencing Air Quality in the Front Range. An Action Day for Multiple Pollutants is in effect until at least 4 pm Weds. Protect your health and stay safe! #BetterAir #JustSkip2 https://t.co/y67j4L0K8R pic.twitter.com/wz0s5jyrEH
— CDPHE Air Pollution (@cdpheapcd) August 11, 2020
According to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, with the high winds added to the already hot and dry conditions, there is a possibility for extreme, wind-driven fire behavior and high rates of spread on Tuesday.