Pine Gulch fire update: Wildfire outside Grand Junction becomes 4th-largest in Colorado history

The Pine Gulch fire burning outside Grand Junction grew to 73,381 acres overnight, making it the fourth-largest wildfire ever recorded in Colorado.

The fire, sparked by lightning July 31, remains at 7% containment, Pine Gulch fire officials said Friday morning on Facebook.

Crews have managed to keep the flames from crossing Garfield 204, where residences and oil and gas operations sit.

Friday will mark another hot and dry day — ripe for extreme fire conditions, officials note, with smoke continuing to be seen across the area.

Gov. Jared Polis and other state officials visited on Friday morning the firefighting command centers in Eagle and Grand Junction.

With the fire’s overnight expansion, Pine Gulch passed Missionary Ridge (70,485 acres in 2002) for fourth all-time on Colorado’s most expansive wildfires, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center.

Every one of the 10 largest fires in state history has come since 2002.

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