Information from the Pine Ridge Fire Public Information Officer
Pine Ridge Fire Expected to be Active Today
Community Meeting Scheduled Tonight
Contacts: Skye Sieber 970-456-3623 (cell)
The Pine Ridge Fire is now estimated to be 1,500 acres and substantial growth is expected today. This lightning-caused fire is burning in rugged, difficult-to-access terrain approximately 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction above the Book Cliffs.
The fire is burning on BLM land and private property. Approximately seven structures are currently threatened at the nearby Mustang Ranch. A community meeting is planned at 7:00 p.m. at the De Beque Community Center located at 381 Minter Avenue.
There are approximately 100 firefighters working the fire, aided by two helicopters and two heavy air tankers. The fire is burning in a remote area of Mesa County, northeast of the Little Book Cliffs Wilderness Study Area. Fire behavior is considered extreme with spotting ahead the fire.
There is no current containment on this fire. Fire officials are evaluating the best strategy to manage this fire.
There are currently no evacuations or pre-evacuation orders in place. The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is coordinating closely with the Mesa County Sheriff.
Pine Ridge Fire information updates are available at www.inciweb.org or by calling 970 456-3623.
For information about preparing for possible evacuations, log on to www.sheriff.mesacounty.us.