June 28, 2012
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Pine Ridge Fire Advances to Colorado River’s Edge and Forces Closure of I-70
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The lightning caused Pine Ridge Fire has advanced to the edge of the Colorado River forcing the evacuation of 50 and closure of I-70 East of Palisade.
The fire is currently estimated to be 10,000 acres and growing rapidly. Multiple structures are being threatened by the fast moving fire.
The rapid shift of fire activity towards I-70 forced firefighting managers to order a Type 1 crew to battle the blaze. Structure crews are currently assessing homes in the projected path of the fire to determine the fire danger surrounding those structures. Homeowners in the vicinity of the fire are asked to prepare their homes in the event that the fire approaches their structures. Homeowners should remove combustible materials away from their house. Lawn mowers, gas, oil, firewood or anything that could combust should be moved far away from the home. Fire behavior continues to be extreme and the once remote fire is now approaching populated areas.
The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is coordinating closely with the Mesa County Sheriff. All agencies battling this fire are urging everyone to avoid I-70 in the vicinity of this fire. I-70 is currently blocked and all traffic is routed through De Beque Cutoff. If you do not have critical business in this area, you are asked to avoid this area.
For information about preparing for possible evacuations, log on to www.sheriff.mesacounty.us.