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

Rainy weather and cooler temperatures across the state led to minimal fire activity Saturday — the four major fires burning across the state grew only slightly.

Firefighters were able to use the reprieve to shore up containment lines, and many crews expect to continue to see low fire activity Sunday, although increasing winds could pose a challenge as temperatures again creep into the 90s.

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Pine Gulch

Updated 10:24 a.m.

The Pine Gulch fire did not grow substantially overnight Saturday and remains at about 139,006 acres, or about 217 square miles — the largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history.

Firefighters expect to see minimal fire activity Sunday as well, because of lower temperatures and higher humidity. Heavy rain is possible in the fire area. The blaze, burning in remote terrain about 18 miles north of Grand Junction, is 77% contained.

Crews are beginning to repair damage caused by containing the fire, fire officials said Sunday, and will try to return the area to “pre-fire conditions” as much as possible by using a variety of methods, including cleaning up retardant, narrowing trails that were widened and removing berms from bulldozer lines.

Minimal fire activity is expected for the duration of the fire, although firefighters still expect to see smoldering and hot spots.

Grizzly Creek

Updated 10:04 a.m.

The Grizzly Creek fire grew only slightly Saturday as the area saw widespread rain and cooler temperatures.

The fire reached 32,464 acres Sunday, or about 51 square miles, and was 73% contained. Firefighters are now working some of the “roughest and most inaccessible” portions of the fire, fire officials said Sunday, and are working to build fire lines along the remaining uncontained fronts.

Crews on Sunday will work to connect the Grizzly Creek rim to the No Name Creek rim with fire lines.

“These two drainages comprise some of the most dangerous terrain on this fire and continue to present a challenge to firefighters and fire managers,” fire officials said in a statement.

Interstate 70 remains open with some restrictions, while Coffee Pot Road and Transfer Trail Road remain closed.

Cameron Peak

Updated 10:10 a.m.

The Cameron Peak fire grew just five acres Saturday to reach 23,013 acres, or about 36 square miles.

The fire remains 0% contained, but saw only minimal fire activity Saturday as firefighters finished indirect firelines on the north side of the fire, connecting Laramie River Road to Colorado 14 on the north and east of the blaze, fire officials said Sunday.

Fire crews will now work to build an indirect fire line along Crown Point Road, closer to the fire’s front. On the western perimeter, the fire has been naturally stopped by a lack of vegetation and fuel at high altitude, and that natural fire line is holding.

Firefighters expect the fire’s activity to increase Sunday as isolated thunderstorms bring light rain and gusty winds to the region.

Williams Fork fire

Updated 10:22 a.m.

The Williams Fork fire grew minimally Saturday and has burned 12,097 acres, or about 19 square miles.

The wildfire is 10 percent contained, with a line holding on the western perimeter of the fire extending south to Darling Creek.

Crews on that line have carried out controlled burns and carefully monitored the perimeter to extinguish hotspots, fire officials said Sunday.

Firefighters continued to thin dense timber along St. Louis Creek Road and hope the clearing will eventually service as a containment line if the fire moves into the valley. Crews are also working to build a fire line west of Fraser. The fire is burning about seven miles southwest of the town.

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