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

Firefighters continue to make progress on Colorado’s four large wildfires, as recent rain and lower temperatures have stymied fire activity.

A return to drier weather with gusty winds could prompt more fire activity this week and into the weekend.

Click here to skip to a specific fire: Pine Gulch fire | Grizzly Creek fire | Cameron Peak fire | Williams Fork fire | Wildfire map

Pine Gulch

Updated 10:00 a.m.

The Pine Gulch fire remained stable overnight Monday, as containment ticked up to 81%, fire officials said in a Tuesday morning news release.

The wildfire is still the largest in Colorado’s recorded history, burning 139,007 acres, 217 square miles, outside Grand Junction.

Some dry weather and gusty winds Monday caused some interior hotspots to flare up, but fire lines held firm, officials said.

Crews will continue to repair damage from fire suppression.

“Priority areas for returning the land to pre-fire conditions as much as possible include access roads used by oil and gas companies and hunters,” fire officials said.

Tuesday is expected to remain cooler, with a 20% chance of shower in the morning. Higher temperatures will gradually return this weekend.

Grizzly Creek

Updated 10:00 a.m.

Containment increased on the Grizzly Creek fire overnight Monday, with no expansion of the flames that continue to burn 32,464 acres, nearly 51 square miles, in Glenwood Springs.

Crews have now achieved 75% containment, with 60 of the approximately 80 miles of fire perimeter now contained, officials said in a Tuesday morning news release.

Strong winds Monday mainly stayed at higher elevations, preventing fire growth.

“A lot of the fire was protected, which is a good thing,” Nathan Heinert, incident meteorologist, said in the release.

Monday also brought steady rain over the fire, but stayed calm enough to prevent flash floods.

Crews continued to work Monday in the No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages — two of the main areas of focus for firefighters since the Grizzly Creek fire sparked Aug. 10.

The U.S. Forest Service on Monday announced the fire was human-caused, but did not delve into specifics.

Interstate 70 remains open, but drivers should expect periodic delays.

Cameron Peak

Updated 10:00 a.m.

The Cameron Peak fire remained at 23,022 acres, or 36 square miles, while containment increased to 5%, fire officials said in a Tuesday morning news release.

Recent rainfall has limited the fire over the past few days; however, dry and windy conditions are expected to pick up into next weekend, officials said.

Williams Fork fire

Updated 10:00 a.m.

The Williams Fork fire has burned 12,097 acres, or 19 square miles, with 10% containment as of Monday.

This post will be updated after fire officials put out a Tuesday morning briefing.

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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