Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Pine Gulch Fire: New Wildfire Resource

Ash collecting on a parked Mesa County Sheriff's Office vehicle
MESA COUNTY, Colo - This morning, many of us woke up to our cars and homes covered in ash. The ash is from the Pine Gulch Fire currently burning approximately 125,000 acres about 18 miles north of Grand Junction in both Mesa and Garfield Counties. To view an interactive map of where the fire is currently burning click here.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Pine Gulch Fire incident management team to ensure the safety of our community. We are actively engaged in fire management and will keep Mesa County residents informed of the fire's progress. Currently, there are no evacuation orders for residents in Mesa County.

Road Closures
Due to fire activity, several roads have been closed to the public. 

Southeast of Fire
  • Roan Creek Road (204) at North Dry Fork Road (200)
  • V 2/10 Road southwest of De Beque
  • Coal Canyon Road just past the Cameo Shooting Range
Southwest of Fire 
  • Highway 139 north of Loma between Mile Point 6 and 39 (CDOT closure)
  • 21 Road north of the BLM boundary
  • 16 Road at V 8/10 Road
  • Q 5/10 Road is closed at 18 Road

New Online Resource
To help keep the public informed, we've created an online Fire Information Resource. Here you will find the latest information from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team about the Pine Gulch Fire as well as health and safety resources related to wildfires.  

Smoke and ash will continue to affect our community as fire crews work diligently to contain this fire. Please limit your time outdoors.  As you work to clean up the ash, avoid stirring up or sifting through ash as much as you can. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends:
  • Mist areas with ash to keep the dust down. Follow with wet mopping. 
  • Use a damp cloth or wet mop on lightly dusted areas. 
  • When you wet down ash, use as little water as you can.
Please take a moment to review this EPA guide on how to safely clean up ash. More information can be found on our website.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Mesa County is currently in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. The region is experiencing extreme drought and dangerous fire conditions. Learn more about you can help us prevent more fires.

Sign up for Emergency Alerts
Mesa County uses an Emergency Notification System to provide essential information quickly during an emergency. Landlines are automatically signed up for the Emergency Notification System, however, cell phone users need to sign up. To get an alert sent to your cell phone sign up here.

For the latest information about the Pine Gulch Fire click here.