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Release Date: 06/28/12
Contacts: Fire Information at 970 456-3623    

Firefighters on-scene of Pine Ridge Fire above the Book Cliffs NE of Grand Junction (06-27-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –  Firefighters are currently on-scene of the lightning-caused Pine Ridge Fire 10 miles northeast of  Grand Junction above the Book Cliffs.

The fire is currently estimated to be 500-700 acres and growing rapidly. Approximately seven structures are currently threatened. The fire is burning on BLM land and private property. 

The area received multiple lightning strikes during the early morning hours today.  Firefighters discovered this fire at 1:57 p.m.

Three helicopters, along with air tanker support provided by a Canadian crew, are aiding the 95 firefighters working the fire. The fire is burning in a remote area of Mesa County. Fire behavior is considered extreme with spotting ahead the fire.  There is no current containment on this fire.  Fire officials are currently evaluating the best strategy to manage this fire, which is burning in rugged, difficult-to-access terrain.

There are currently no evacuations or pre-evacuation orders in place. The Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit is coordinating closely with the Mesa County Sheriff.

Fire information about the Pine Ridge Fire is available on or by calling 970 456-3623.

For information about preparing for possible evacuations, log on to

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012