Pine Gulch Fire 95 percent contained
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)
Missionary Ridge (2002, 71,739 acres)
Bridger (2008, 46,612 acres)
Last Chance (2012, 44,000 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.
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:
A map of the fire (current as of Sept. 8) can be seen below:
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