Wildfire: Officials continue working to contain the Pine Gulch Fire near Grand Junction, Colo., US, on Aug. 18. Evacuations and disruptions ongoing.
- Alert Begins: 18 Aug 2020 09:16 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 31 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Wildfire
- Location(s): Mesa and Garfield counties, Colo., US (map)
- Start Time/Date: July 31
- Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages
Crews are working to contain a wildfire, known as Pine Gulch Fire, in Garfield and Mesa counties, Colorado, as of Aug. 18. The fire is located approximately 29 km (18 miles) north of Grand Junction and has been burning since July 31. As of midday Aug. 18, the blaze was approximately 35,290 hectares (87,210 acres) in size and 7-percent contained. The fire is threatening several structures. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date. Forecast models indicate hot and dry conditions will persist over the coming days, which may impede containment efforts.
Authorities in Garfield County have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents along County Road 202, Roan Creek Road, Clear Creek Road, Carr Creek Road, and Brush Creek Road. Authorities could expand mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions.
The wildfire has caused some localized transport disruptions in the affected area. Roan Creek Road is closed at the intersection of North Dry Fork Road.
The status of nearby roads could change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close additional routes within the impacted area and evacuate more communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operators. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours will cause increased congestion and delays. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Charge battery-powered devices in the case of prolonged power outages.