Colorado Wildfire Burns on BLM Land

Pine Gulch Fire has burned 1,500 acres to date

Pine Gulch Fire 8-2-20 p.m. (Bureau of Land Management photo)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning mostly federal land 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Grand Junction was caused by a lightning strike, officials said.

The fire started Friday and has spread across over 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) of Bureau of Land Management land despite low winds.

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No structures are expected to be threatened, officials said, but air quality in the area has worsened. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an air quality health advisory for northern Mesa County until Monday morning.

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Dense, dried debris across the rugged terrain helped fuel the fire’s rapid growth, officials said.

Helicopters, air tankers, local ground crews and fire engines are among the resources being deployed to fight the fire.

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Pine Gulch Fire has burned 1,500 acres to date GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A wildfire burning mostly federal land 18 miles (29 kilometers) north of Grand Junction was caused by a lightning strike, officials said. The fire started Friday and has spread across over 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) of Bureau of Land […]

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