Pine Ridge Fire Update: July 2 (#PineRidgeFire)

Information from the Pine Ridge Fire Public Information Officer

Weather: There is a chance of storms in the afternoon with little chance of measureable rain.  Lightning and gusty winds will be concerns.  The outflow winds create an opportunity for fire to burn in different directions into unburned fuels.  Temperature will be in the 90’s, and humidity will be low, creating hot and dry conditions for today.

Current Situation: Crews were successful in meeting priority objectives yesterday, which included keeping fire from crossing the Colorado River and south of Shale Ridge.  Today’s focus will be to work the south area of the fire, utilizing helicopters to drop water on hot spots, mop up areas where the fire has been and patrol areas for any spotting across existing fire line.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been ordered; they will begin to evaluate the area for any resource damage.  The BAER team will prescribe and implement emergency treatments to minimize threats to life or property.  They also recommend treatments to stabilize or prevent further degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from the effects of a fire. However, in the event it is possible, natural recovery is preferable.

Evacuations and Public Safety: Mesa County Sheriff’s office wants residents in many parts of eastern Mesa County to remember a pre-evacuation order is still in effect and they encourage residents to remain vigilant and ready to leave again.  Mesa County residents can register for the Emergency Notification through the City of Grand Junction website at: This will allow 911 operators to notify residents by land line and cell phone of emergencies or evacuation orders being reinstated.

1-70 is currently open but travelers should be aware that road closures could be implemented if fire activity warrants.  Check with Colorado Department of Transportation at for latest updates on road closures across the State of Colorado.

Prevention:  Fire danger is on everyone’s minds right now.  Colorado is experiencing high and extreme fire danger.  The public is urged to adhere to the statewide open burn ban and ban on private use of fireworks.  Check with Mesa County or visit Colorado Division of Emergency Management at

Fire Statistics:     

Location: 13 miles east of Grand Junction, CO in the Bookcliffs             
Start Date: June 27, 2012
Size:  13,731 acres                                                                                 
Percent Contained: 35
Cause:  Lightning                                                                                    
Total Personnel: 422
Cost: $1,646,167

Resources Include: 3 Type 1 hand crews, 5 Type 2 hand crews, 38 engines, 3 water tenders, and 
overhead personnel
Air Resources: 6 helicopters, 1 Skycrane, and fixed wing support