All evacuations for De Beque residents near the Pine Ridge Fire have been lifted.
Just before 6:00 pm Saturday evening, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey lifted the evacuation order residents in the area. Oil and gas industry operators are still required to stay out of the area and those who evacuated livestock should not return home with any large animals, officials say.
The pre-evacuation order for the entire town, however, remains in effect in many parts of eastern Mesa County, even those residents who return home should remain vigilant and ready to leave again.
For any Mesa County residents who have not registered for the Emergency Notification, they should do so through the City of Grand Junction website at: www.gjcity.org. This will allow 911 operators to notify residents by land line and cell phone of emergencies or evacuation orders being reinstated. Those notices will be directed to the residents directly affected by such emergencies.
For more information of the fire's behavior on Saturday, click here.