GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KDVR) — The Pine Gulch Fire burning north of Grand Junction has grown to 73,381 acres as of Friday morning, making it the fourth-largest wildfire ever recorded in Colorado.
Depending on one’s definition, Pine Gulch now ranks fourth or fifth in terms of acreage. Colorado’s largest wildfire ever was the Hayman Fire in 2002, which scorched more than 137,000 acres.
The Pine Gulch fire is burning about 18 miles north of Grand Junction in Mesa and Garfield counties. It started July 31 and was caused by lightning.
Nearly 800 people are fighting the fire. It is currently 7% contained.
Crews are dealing with extremely challenging firefighting conditions.
More hot temperatures and low humidity are expected Friday.