Pine Gulch fire at 44% containment; virtual meeting tonight

FRUITA, CO — Finally, some great news. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team reported last night on Facebook that the Pine Gulch Fire is now at 44% containment. The fire’s current footprint stands at 129,715.

The team gave a great definition of “containment” on their page as well. It doesn’t mean that 44% of the fire is now out. Instead, it describes “how much of the fire perimeter has been surrounded by a control line that the fire will not progress across.”

Rather than describing how much of the entire fire has been put out, containment refers solely to the perimeter itself and its potential for growth. On the maps, a red color indicates uncontained fire perimeter, and black is contained fireline. Containment is normally expressed as a percentage of the entire perimeter (the percentage of the black “contained” perimeter compared to the entire perimeter). Fire managers will not label a portion of the fireline “contained” until they are confident that the fire will not grow further in that direction.

The team will have a virtual public meeting tonight at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome to join, and no registration is required. To view the meeting, visit the Facebook event page:

You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to view the public meeting. The livestream will be visible with or without a Facebook account simply by going here:

You can also use Zoom directly to view the meeting.

Meeting ID: 967 6212 6444
Password: 8675309
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