Colorado wildfires update: Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak, Williams Fork and Lewstone fires

Four major wildfires continued to burn across Colorado Sunday, with much of the state blanketed in hazy smoke.

The second-largest fire in Colorado’s recorded history, burning in Mesa and Garfield counties, prompted Gov. Jared Polis to declare a state of disaster emergency Saturday, and the Colorado National Guard has also been activated to help in the effort.

Fire officials reported some slower growth and some progress containing several of the fires Sunday, but warn that the blazes are far from being fully under control.

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Pine Gulch

Updated as of 10:19 a.m.

The Pine Gulch fire grew slightly to reach 129,715 acres Sunday morning, or about 202 square miles.

The blaze, which remains the second-largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history, is 19% contained, according to a Sunday update from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

Fire containment lines along the south side of the fire are holding well, fire officials said, and will be reinforced with aircraft dropping retardant Sunday. Crews also successfully burned out areas on the northeast side of the fire, extending the fire control lines west and south along the 266 Road and Colorado 139.

About 952 people are working the fire, which was started by lightning on July 31 and is burning about 18 miles north of Grand Junction.

Grizzly Creek

Updated as of 10:32 a.m.

The Grizzly Creek fire is now 30% contained, fire officials said Sunday. The blaze grew slightly Saturday to 30,362 acres, or about 47 square miles.

Fire crews expect to see active fire activity Sunday and plan to continue burnout operations near Spruce Ridge and south of Bair Ranch, fire officials said.

On Saturday, crews finished containment lines on the eastern side of the fire that stretched from Coffee Pot Road to Bair Ranch to Interstate 70. Crews also reinforced lines in the steeper portions of Bear Creek, according to fire officials.

I-70 remains closed between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum with no estimated time for reopening.

About 811 people are working the fire, which is burning in Glenwood Canyon about 1 mile east of Glenwood Springs. The cause of the fire, which started Aug. 10, is unknown.

Cameron Peak

Updated as of 9:43 a.m.

The Cameron Peak fire grew to 18,287 acres Saturday, or about 28.6 square miles and remains 0% contained, with most of the spread concentrated on the southeast side of the fire, approaching Long Draw Reservoir.

The fire is burning in Larimer County about 25 miles east of Walden and 15 miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes.

The blaze was active Saturday because of hot, windy and dry weather, according to an update from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team. Similar weather is expected Sunday, as fire crews continue to build fire lines and prepare structures along Colorado 14 and the Laramie River Road area.

Crews are also evaluating Dadd Gulch, south of Colorado 14, as a potential place to establish a fire line to better protect communities north and east of the fire, according to a Sunday update from the management team.

Colorado 14 remains closed between Kelly Flats and Gould. About 691 people are fighting the fire, with some crews shifting from working the Cameron Peak fire to fighting the Lewstone fire Sunday.

Williams Fork fire

Updated as of 10:40 a.m. 

The Williams Fork fire saw only slight growth Saturday and reached 10,818 acres or about 17 square miles with 3% containment.

The blaze, which is burning about 7 miles southwest of Fraser, continued to have upslope runs and group torching of trees, fire officials said Sunday. Despite slowing growth in recent days, the blaze is still expected to burn for the long-term because of a high number of standing dead and downed timber, officials said, some due to beetle kill.

The ample dry fuels mean the fire could easily spread quickly again if weather conditions change. On Sunday, firefighters planned to keep working to secure fire lines along the west and southwest of the fire.

Crews also worked to identify spots to stop the fire along the north and eastern fronts. About 300 people are fighting the fire, which was caused by humans on Aug. 14.

Lewstone fire

Updated as of 10:45 a.m. 

The Lewstone fire, burning northwest of Fort Collins between Colorado 14 and Rise Canyon, grew to about 140 acres overnight and remained 0% contained Sunday.

About 70 firefighters are working the blaze with additional resources expected to arrive Sunday, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Residents along David Ranch Road were evacuated Saturday and there were no new evacuations ordered Sunday.

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