GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) The town of DeBeque is not being evacuated at this time-but they are on pre-evacuation notice.
50 people have been evacuated, but at this point no evacuees have shown up at the shelter, which is located at Palisade High School.
The fire has reached the Colorado River on the south side of the fire (north side of the river)-between the Powderhorn exit and where DeBeque Canyon opens up to the north. The fire has reached I-70 on the east side of the fire (west side of I-70), but has not jumped the interstate as of this evening.
People who want to help/donate can call 2-1-1 (from a land line) or 244-8400 (from a cell phone).
Updates on the fire will be posted at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2951/
Sign up for emergency notifications at: www.gjcity.org
Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories for portions of Mesa County from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE):
IF VISIBILITY IS LESS THAN 5 MILES IN SMOKE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, SMOKE HAS REACHED LEVELS THAT ARE UNHEALTHY. If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill.
Light to locally Heavy smoke is expected downwind of the Pine Ridge Fire northeast of Grand Junction. Smoke will move to the northeast toward Parachute during the day on Thursday and Friday but may pool along the Colorado River Valley at night and in the morning affecting Palisade and portions of Grand Junction. Fine Particulates are expected to be in the Unhealthy-for-Sensitive-Groups range in areas where smoke is thick.
Again, more updates on the fire itself will be posted at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2951/