Pine Ridge Fire is Now 65% Contained
The Pine Ridge fire has now burned 13,920 acres and is 65 % contained.
Crews worked hard on Monday to contain the fire perimeter, located on the west, north and east sides. The south end of the fire still needs to be searched for hot areas before it can be declared contained.
Fire activity has slowed, but isolated burning within the interior of the fire is still expected.
"Hot temperatures, low humidity, lightning and gusty winds are the biggest concern for crews fighting the fire," said First Warn 8 Meteorologist Eddie Sheerr.
Firefighters are hoping for precipitation but there's little chance for measurable rain in the forecast.
According to Bill Hahnenbe, Incident Commander, firefighters have prevented the fire from crossing I-70 and south of Shale Ridge.
On Monday, Hahnenbe says their focus will be on working 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 the existing fire line.
A Burned Area Emergency Response team has been ordered to begin evaluating the area for resource damage. Based on their analysis, they'll implement emergency treatments to minimize threats to life and/or property, according to Hahnenbe.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office wants residents in eastern Mesa County to remain vigilant as a pre-evacuation order is still in effect.
I-70 is open but travelers should be aware that the interstate could close at any time if it's warranted by fire activity.
The quickest way to find out about road closures is by visiting http://www.cotrip.org.
The Pine Ridge fire is burning 13-miles east of Grand Junction and has cost $2,430,000 to fight so far.
Firefighters expect to have it fully contained within two weeks.
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