Pine Ridge Fire at 10,000 acres, 0% containment

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

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 (Look for “Alerts and Notices”. Direct link: http://www.gjcity.org/PoliceDept.aspx?id=110)

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/


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  • by Fran Location: NM on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    I want to know if there is fire near the Grande Mesa area by Grande Junction CO?
  • by John Location: Grand Junction on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    To Anonymous; Do you honestly think the Pine Ridge fire is the only fire in the state? I would prefer a fire burns 100,000 acres of wilderness then 1 acre of populated area. In the would of fire triage, Pine Ridge is at the bottom of the list at the moment.
  • by redneck Location: gj on Jun 29, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    While my heart goes out to the victims of Pine Ridge, I have to say that had we performed proscribed burns in the past this would not have been quite so bad. Natural growth goes along with wildfires. As for "anonymous", get a clue, because your knowledge of wildfires is seriously lacking.
  • by who? Location: gj on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    I dont know how you can say that professionals are not taking any action. Nobody, not even God can control a wildfire. If you intend on treating this fire like a child and spank them to stop, you can think again. My heart goes out to those in danger and ALL WHO ARE FIGHTING these wildfires.
  • by who? Location: gj on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    I dont know how you can say that professionals are not taking any action. Nobody, not even God can control a wildfire. If you intend on treating this fire like a child and spank them to stop, you can think again. My heart goes out to those in danger and ALL WHO ARE FIGHTING these wildfires.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    What makes me ill is the poor response from the so called professionals. They are too arrogant to use all recourses available and rather let people suffer their incompetent inactions. If this fire jumps the Colorado River, we the people need to start an investigation of our own and remove the Management who are getting the way of stopping this and other fires. There is too much arrogance in the Government communities in this nanny state. We need people who do not have a defeatist attitude in these positions.
    • reply
      by joe on Jun 29, 2012 at 07:03 AM in reply to
      stfu
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        by TG on Jun 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM in reply to joe
        Nice, my 10 year old asked what stfu means. You should be ashamed of yourself Mister! Goes to show you have nothing intelligent to contribute!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to
      If you are so unhappy with this "nanny" state as you put it, then please leave! I do believe we need to support our communities & all who defend it & protect it. So please see yourself to another state since this one is so bad.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:33 AM in reply to
        I must agree. I was born in this state and I am tired of people moving to my state, then sit here and bad mouth it. Gone are most of the Orchards, the Farms, the ranches. Just to make way for subdivisions to house out of state complainers.
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          by none on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to
          Right.... because states belong to individuals. AND if you were not born there, then you should not live there... how arrogant and incompetent are you. I would be wiling to bet that you are both, uneducated, and fall under the poverty line. "go finance a tractor".
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      by Karen is getting seedy! on Jun 29, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to
      If you honestly feel that way maybe you should man up and not be anonymous. If you are going to be that controversial be proud of what you say. Otherwise can it. They are doing the best they can against the odds they have. If you really think they aren't why don't you try and do their job. Anonymity is for the weak minded. So stand up or shut up.
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