Pine Gulch fire grows to 13,000 acres as Friday brings another Red Flag warning

The Pine Gulch Fire outside Grand Junction grew to more than 13,000 acres overnight as fire officials warn it could spread Friday afternoon when winds pick up.

The fire expanded by 1,200 acres on Thursday and containment stands at 0%, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team said on its website.

Shawna Hartman, spokeswoman for the fire efforts, said the drop to zero containment from 5% was the result of the fire’s growth.

No evacuations have been ordered.

Thursday’s growth mainly occurred on the northwest and northeast corners of the fire as it descended downhill into gullies and ridges, fire officials said.

Crews spent Thursday removing vegetation along roads around the fire, and favorable conditions overnight gave officials a chance to make progress.

Friday, however, brings another Red Flag Warning, with winds between 22 and 25 miles per hour and temperatures in the mid-80s.

Lightning ignited the fire on July 31.

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