Climate Crisis

Mesa County enshrouded in smoke; Pine Gulch fire reaches 81,000+ acres

FRUITA, CO — Temperates are expected to reach the mid-90s throughout the valley throughout the afternoon, and the hot, dry weather is just exacerbating the smoke and haze that is draining into Grand Junction and Fruita from the Pine Gulch fire 18 miles to the north. According to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, a multi-agency team comprising of local, state, and federal personnel working to combat and contain the fire, the Pine Gulch fire is now estimated to have consumed about 81,107 acres.

The high temperatures and sustained wind gusts of 5-18 mph are expected to contribute to a high risk of further fire spread.

Per an announcement on Facebook this morning:

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office issued an evacuation order for residents on Roan Creek (204) road, Clear Creek (211) road, Carr Creek (207) road and Brush Creek (209) road on Aug 9, 2020. Garfield County issued an evacuation order for residences on CR 202 on Saturday. For more information on evacuation orders, please visit https://garfieldcounty.net/. There is a road closure in effect on Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork (200) road; that closure is being staffed by a Sheriff’s deputy. The 21 Road northbound starting approximately three miles north of the BLM boundary, and the 16 Road northbound starting at the intersection of V 8/10 Rd are now barricaded.

Both Mesa County Public Health and Garfield County Public Health have issued Air Quality Advisories until tomorrow, Monday, August 17, due to the widespread smoke and haze blanketing the region. They’re advising individuals and groups who are especially sensitive and/or have underlying heart and respiratory conditions to reduce outdoor activity.

There will be a livestreamed update on the Grizzly Creek fire near Glenwood Springs on Sunday evening at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome to join at this link on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/346549903168775

There will be a livestreamed update on the Pine Gulch fire on Monday, August 17, at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be streamed on Facebook here: