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Pine Gulch Fire 95 percent contained

The Pine Gulch Fire has burned nearly 140,000 acres since July 31, 2020.  As of Sept. 9, 2020, the wildfire is 95 percent contained.
The Pine Gulch Fire has burned nearly 140,000 acres since July 31, 2020. As of Sept. 9, 2020, the wildfire is 95 percent contained.(Pine Gulch Fire official Facebook page)
Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 6:30 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2020 at 6:44 PM MDT
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DE BEQUE, Colo. (KKTV) - The largest wildfire in Colorado’s history is nearly contained.

As of Wednesday morning, the Pine Gulch Fire is 95 percent contained and remains 139,007 acres.

Firefighters have been overcoming difficult conditions since the fire first broke out late July. Its growth has been explosive from day one, cracking the state’s top 10 largest wildfires in less than two weeks. Once in the top 10, it quickly leap-frogged every other fire on the list, becoming the seventh-largest by Aug. 12, the fifth by Aug. 13, and the second on Aug. 19 following extreme fire activity that saw the blaze gain 37,000 acres in a single overnight -- a number which would have by itself been the 11th-biggest fire in the state.

The fire surpassed the 18-year-old record set by the 2002 Hayman Fire on Aug. 27.

The top 10 fires in Colorado history are as followed:

Pine Gulch (2020, 139,007 acres)

Hayman (2002, 137,760 acres)

Spring Creek (2018, 108,045 acres)

High Park (2012, 87,250 acres)

Missionary Ridge (2002, 71,739 acres)

416 (2018, 52,778 acres)

Bridger (2008, 46,612 acres)

Last Chance (2012, 44,000 acres)

117 (42,795 acres)

Beaver Creek (2016, 38,380 acres)

These fires are largest by acreage, not by property destruction and/or loss of life. The state has a separate ranking for the most destructive wildfires, of which the Black Forest Fire (2013, 14,280 acres) and Waldo Canyon Fire (2012, 18,247 acres) top.

Life will find a way. The Pine Gulch Fire burned more than 139,000 acres in just over a month, resulting in dark, black...

Posted by Pine Gulch Fire on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The wildfire was started by lightning on July 31 in a remote area near the town of De Beque, 18 miles north of Grand Junction.

Below is a video of the fire on Aug. 7:

The #PineGulchFireCO was very active today. At 11:30 a.m., the fire was mapped at 13,680 acres by MMA. In the afternoon,...

Posted by Pine Gulch Fire on Friday, August 7, 2020

A map of the fire (current as of Sept. 8) can be seen below:

Good morning. Today's map; update to follow. Brrrrr! About 40 degree change in temperature today compared to yesterday....

Posted by Pine Gulch Fire on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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