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Pine Gulch Fire Becomes 'Record Fire' in Colorado History with 139,006 Acres in Size

Pine Gulch Fire Becomes 'Record Fire' in Colorado History with 139,006 Acres in Size
Fire Fighter Standing near Pine Gulch Massive Fire

The Pine Gulch Fire on the Western Slope broke a record Thursday evening,became the record fire in  the history of Colorado surpassing 217 square miles near Grand Junction. 

It is now 139,006 acres in size and 77% contained, according to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

Hot and dry weather conditions persisted at the Pine Gulch Fire on Thursday, with winds gusting up to 20 mph. Area thunderstorms did not directly affect the fire, according to officials. 

The state's 10 largest fires in history, ranked by acreage, are:

1. Pine Gulch Fire (2020): 139,006 acres

2. Hayman Fire (2002): 137,760 acres

3. Spring Fire (2018): 108,045 acres

4. High Park Fire (2012): 87,284 acres

5. Missionary Ridge Fire (2002): 72,962 acres

6. 416 Fire (2018): 54,000 acres

7. Bridger Fire (2008): 45,800 acres

8. Last Chance Fire (2012): 45,000 acres

9. Bear Springs/Callie Marie fires (2011): 44,662 acres

10. 117 Fire (2018): 42,795 acres

The Pine Gulch Fire started on July 31 about 18 miles north of Grand Junction. It was sparked by lightning.


Fire crews have shifted their focus from fire suppression to suppression repair to minimize damage to soil, water and other natural resources, according to Incident Commander Dan Dallas.

The Hayman Fire, which scorched 137,760 acres near Colorado Springs in 2002, had been the state's largest wildfire. 

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