The Pine Gulch fire exploded overnight, growing 42% in size as it now burns across 125,108 acres, or 195 square miles, outside Grand Junction — becoming the second-largest wildfire in Colorado’s recorded history.
Strong outflow winds from a thunderstorm overnight caused the fire to grow on the west side, Pine Gulch fire officials said Wednesday morning on Facebook. Fire efforts on the northern and eastern sides of the flames are in a good place, and fire supervisors are “assessing the situation,” officials said.
The wildfire, sparked by lightning July 31 and burning north of Grand Junction, remains 7% contained, Pine Gulch fire officials said on its incident page, last updated Tuesday evening.
It has been measured at 87,778 acres, or about 136 square miles, on Tuesday evening.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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