Monday fires update: Grizzly Creek at 25,000 acres, Pine Gulch more than 85,000 acres

A sky crane helicopter dips down into the Colorado River on the east side of Glenwood Canyon while fighting the Grizzly Creek Fire which broke out last week.
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Grizzy Creek Fire Situation Grizzly Creek Fire – 25,000 acres, estimated  Start Date: Aug. 10  Location: Glenwood Canyon Containment: 0%  Resources Hand Crews: 12  Helicopters: 17  Engines: 44  Water Tenders: 10  Dozers 5  Feller bunchers and other logging equipment  Total Personnel: 647  Information InciWeb Facebook Twitter: @fire_grizzly Fire Information Line:970-930-1850   Pine Gulch Fire situation  Size: 85,407 acres  Containment: 7%  Total Personnel: 811  Location: Approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, CO  Reported: July 31, approximately 5:15 p.m.  Cause: Lightning Resources 5 Type 1 hand crews 8 Type 2 hand crews 9 helicopters, 55 engines 8 bulldozers 14 water tenders Overhead/support personnel  Information Information Office: 970-628-0130 Inciweb Facebook

Weather could spur additional growth on the Grizzly Creek Fire today while firefighters on the Pine Gulch Fire will prioritize suppression areas that could shorten the duration of that blaze.

In separate news updates Monday, the Grizzly Creek Fire was estimated at 25,000 acres and zero percent containment and the Pine Gulch Fire was estimated at 85,407 acres and 7% containment.

Grizzly Creek

Firefighters used better weather Sunday to work fire suppression and structure protection in No Name and Bair Ranch. No structures were reported lost Sunday.

Weather Monday will pose a challenge, according to a news release from the Great Basin Incident Management Team.

“Weather for the next two days is a concern, with the potential for dry thunderstorms,” the release states. “Hot and dry conditions with winds out of the north east are expected to continue. Firefighters will bolster their efforts using heavy equipment in every division to construct fire line.”

Watch the Monday operational briefing:

Today's Operational Briefing with Jeff Surber, Operations Section Chief for the Great Basin Type 1 Team.

Posted by Grizzly Creek Fire on Monday, August 17, 2020

Pine Gulch

On the western edge of the Pine Gulch Fire, winds today could push the blaze into “critically dry” drainages and increase the potential for severe fire activity, according to a news release from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

“It is a crucial day for fire staff to implement plans; today presents an opportunity to successfully influence the duration of the Pine Gulch Fire,” the release states. “Crews will be working swiftly to seize control and suppression opportunities. Residents should fully expect to see smoke columns established in several areas of the fire today – multiple columns may be visible at once.”

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