Pine Ridge fire burning in gas patch

Pine Ridge fire has grown to 10,000 acres. 50 gas wells in direct path. Fire on west side of Colorado River has not jumped the river or I-70

Erby Creek fire burning NE of Eagle interchange

** LIVE UPDATES PINE RIDGE/DEBEQUE CANYON FIRE **  — Evacuations ordered for for all homes and businesses south of S 1/2 Road, west of 45.5 Road and east of Interstate 70 …. I-70 is shut down from mile marker 49 to mile marker 62. Alternate route is Highway 65 to the De Beque turnoff … heavy smoke and ash falling from sky … fire reached DeBeque Canyon MM 54 …

Click here for current updates of Pine Ridge fire

On Twitter, info on the fire is under the #PineRidgeFire hashtag.

DeBeque Canyon CDOT cam

DeBeque Canyon 8:55 p.m. — CDOT cam

Photo gallery Pine Ridge fire

*Rifle air quality monitor*
Click on “7-Day Timeline Plots” under the image of downtown Rifle to get real time stats. Pay attention to ozone readings — they’re moving up. The PM indices are down cuz of equipment maintenance. What’s that aboot? Geesh.  Just don’t breathe …

If you haven’t already heard, there’s a wildfire north of I-70 in the Bookcliffs between DeBeque and Grand Junction (10-15 miles NE) . It’s called the Pine Ridge fire. The fire was reported just before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday ( 6/27). Lightning is listed as the cause. The fire has grown to 1500 acres as of 1:30 p.m. today (6/28)

Click here for current updates of Pine Ridge fire

Currently the acreage involved is in Mesa County. However Garfield County has a couple aerial photos on their website, and are monitoring the fire since it could easily spread into this county.

A community meeting will be held  tonight in Debeque (Oh cool this link includes live updates)

Little to no information is available to the public about the proximity of the fire to oil & gas drilling operations,  and you can expect that info blackout to remain in effect until further notice. Whatever information they do release will most likely be lies. What we know for certain is the fire is within the Piceance Basin. If you have any information to share, please contact me: peggyt@siltnet.net

Meanwhile our friend Bob Berwyn over at Summit County Citizens Voice is on top of this story, too.

Colorado: Pine Ridge Fire grows to 700 acres
Canadian air tanker leads aerial attack; fire may be within 1 mile of gas drilling operations

Berwyn tracked down the story at Sky Truth where they made a map of the proximity of oil & gas wells (based on 2008 data) to the fire activity. This KKCO-TV news story from this morning states [emphasis added]: “No evacuations ordered yet, but trigger points have been set up. When the fire hits these points areas nearby will be evacuated. “ I think we’re all smart enough to draw our own conclusions here.

Closeup of Pine Ridge fire about 15 miles northeast of Grand Junction, Colorado. Colored squares indicate active fire detected within past 24 hours (June 27, 2012). Blue spots are locations of active oil and gas wells as of April 2008 – SkyTruth.org

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2 Comments on “Pine Ridge fire burning in gas patch”

  1. Todd K. Says:

    cool piks, I couldn’t find these, awesome. My friends had to evacuate 5 miles S. of I-70. Mixed reports on highway closures but not good. I’m not sure about all the oil and gas field involvement and the maps you had were awesome. I’m just not sure about that area as your map shows it. I could find out but that is definitely a concern that I have not heard how it is being adressed. Imagine that. Thanks for the communication. This is incredible.

  2. Todd K. Says:

    GO TO THE INCIWEB (INCIDENT REPORT) WEB SITE WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED FROM YOUR PAGE BY CLICKING ON “CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT UPDATES OF PINE RIDGE FIRE”. IT STATES THAT 35 GAS WELLS WERE IN THE AREA AND ALL HAVE BEEN SHUT IN, THEY ARE NOT PRODUCING. NO INFO ON CONDENSATE TANKS THAT MAY BE HOLDING OIL.

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