Pine Gulch fireplace burning north of Grand Junction grows to about 9,200 acres

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The Pine Gulch fireplace, burning on the Western Slope about 18 miles north of Grand Junction, has grown to about 9,200 acres, fireplace officers stated on Wednesday afternoon.
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First reported on Friday, the wildfire is burning in distant, tough terrain, of pinyon, juniper, oak, and sage brush in Mesa and Garfield counties.

On Wednesday, fireplace crews on the south facet of the fireplace labored to maintain the blaze from shifting south of the 910 Highway, stated Troy Hagan, incident commander, on the web site InciWeb. Firefighters on the north facet of the blaze labored on construction safety and eradicating fuels alongside the 200 Highway.
The fireplace stays at 5% containment, fireplace officers stated. The fireplace has been burning north and northeast by means of areas of thick, heavy and very dry vegetation, together with a powerful fuel-driven run uphill on Tuesday onto Horse Mountain. Greater than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze.
 

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