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

Colorado’s four wildfires continue to burn more than 175,000 acres across the state, as crews deal with hot temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.

None of the fires had major overnight growth, with containment rising and crews focusing on protecting homes and lives.

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Pine Gulch fire

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Pine Gulch fire shrunk slightly overnight, down to 121,781 acres or 190 square miles, as crews were able to better asses its size, fire officials said on Facebook Thursday morning.

The wildfire burning outside Grand Junction remains 14% contained.

Red Flag conditions are expected Thursday afternoon, with the potential for lightning and winds up to 45 miles per hour, officials said. Crews are expected to continue their progress on the southern end of the fire.

Douglas Pass, which closed Wednesday afternoon as the fire crept closer, remains shuttered.

Pine Gulch is the second-largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history, behind only the 2002 Hayman fire (137,760 acres).

Grizzly Creek fire

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Grizzly Creek fire grew minimally overnight, increasing to 29,732 acres from 29,000 acres — or 46 square miles, fire officials said Thursday morning in a news release.

Crews near Glenwood Springs were busy Wednesday as a new fire, the Red Canyon fire, erupted nearby, triggering brief evacuations for some residents in southwest Garfield County. The fire was held to roughly 60 acres, and all evacuations were lifted Wednesday night.

Wednesday brought some precipitation with lightning, with the fire moving toward the top of the drainage near No Name Creek and remained active along the east edge of Grizzly Creek, officials said.

The fire has begun to reach the tops of the drainages in the northeast, where firefighters can actively engage with it, officials said. Fire activity Wednesday between Coffee Pot Road and Interstate 70 held in place, and the fire remained active in Bair Creek from Ike Ridge to Upper Spruce Creek ridge.

Thursday’s weather forecast calls for a chance of precipitation and lighting, which increases concerns for potential debris flow in Glenwood Canyon, officials said. Structure protection will continue in No Name and Bair Ranch, and crews will finish work on the Red Canyon fire.

Cameron Peak fire

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Cameron Peak fire grew to 16,461 acres overnight, or nearly 26 square miles, and remains 0% contained, fire officials said in a Thursday morning news release.

A small amount of rain Wednesday temporarily lessened fire activity. No structures have been damaged and no firefighters have been injured, officials said.

Most of Wednesday’s growth occurred on the south and west sides of the fire.

Thursday brings another weather watch, with dry thunderstorms and gusty winds. Crews on Thursday are preparing roads to act as fuel breaks, while structure protection work continues as firefighters move into communities further from the fire, officials said.

Colorado 14 remains closed from Rustic to Gould.

Williams Fork fire

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Williams Fork fire grew by 2,731 acres Wednesday, and has burned 9,457 acres — nearly 15 square miles — in Grand County.

Strong winds, low relative humidity and dead timber helped the fire spread to the south and southeast, Williams Fork fire officials said in a Thursday morning news release.

The wildfire remains 3% contained on its northwest flank, holding west of the Williams Fork River. Importantly, the fire did not grow toward Fraser and Winter Park, remaining 7 miles from the towns, officials said.

Crews on Thursday will focus on containing the south and southeast portions of the fire, while a favorable weather forecast — with the potential for rain — could allow firefighters to strengthen or increase containment lines. The weekend forecast, however, looks dry and warm, which would prompt further fire growth.

Road, trails and campgrounds on a wide swath of U.S. Forest Service west of Fraser of Winter Park remain closed. There are no evacuation orders present.

Wildfire map

Click markers for details, use buttons to change what wildfires are shown. Map data is automatically updated by government agencies and could lag real-time events. Incident types are numbered 1-5 — a type 1 incident is a large, complex wildfire affecting people and critical infrastructure, a type 5 incident is a small wildfire with few personnel involved. Find more information about incident types at the bottom of this page.

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