The largest wildfire in Colorado’s history is now 100 percent contained
MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The largest wildfire in Colorado’s history was officially contained on Wednesday, according to 11 News partner KKCO, citing officials with the Bureau of Land Management.
The massive fire scorched about 139,000 acres and was reported back on July 31. Firefighters overcame difficult conditions since the fire first broke out. The growth of the blaze was explosive early on, cracking the state’s top 10 largest wildfires in less than two weeks. The fire surpassed the 18-year-old record set by the 2002 Hayman Fire on Aug. 27.
The cause of the fire was lightning.
The top 10 fires in Colorado history are as followed:
Pine Gulch (2020, 139,007 acres)
Hayman (2002, 137,760 acres)
Cameron Peak Fire (currently burning, 104,600 acres as of 9/22)
Missionary Ridge (2002, 71,739 acres)
Bridger (2008, 46,612 acres)
Last Chance (2012, 44,000 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.
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