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Mesa County Emergency Management

Mesa County Emergency Management works with partner agencies throughout Mesa County to prepare for disasters and emergencies. It is also important for individuals, families, and businesses to prepare for these events. The links below provide information to learn about emergency and disaster preparedness to protect yourself, your family, and your business:

 

Emergency Information

It is important to know how to get information before, during, and after an emergency. Use the following resources to receive emergency information in Mesa County:

Sign up for Emergency Alerts

Mesa County uses an Emergency Notification System to provide essential information quickly during an emergency. Landlines are automatically signed up for the Emergency Notification System, however, cell phone users need to sign up.

To get an alert sent to your cell phone sign up here. 

  • Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are two national alert systems that can be utilized locally in the event of an emergency. Learn more.
  • 211: Speak with live, trained professionals to obtain information about services and alerts during an emergency or disaster.
  • CoTrip.org: Travel alerts and road conditions provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
  • NOAA Weather Radio: A nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official weather warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Pine Gulch Fire Facts: 139,007 acres 

The Pine Gulch Fire was started by a lightning strike on July 31, 2020, approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, Colorado. Initial Attack resources were unable to corral this remote wildfire as it spread rapidly through grass, sage, pinyon-juniper, and fir.  

The combination of drought-stressed vegetation, unseasonably hot weather, and steep terrain led to weeks of active burning. Smoke columns were often visible from Grand Junction and the surrounding area as the wildfire exhibited extreme fire behavior.  During the night of August 18, the fire grew quickly due to thunderstorm winds up to 40 mph for a three to four hour period.  As a result, the fire increased by more than 30,000 acres that night.

Firefighters worked to protect homes and outbuildings using a combination of bulldozers and hand crews to build firelines. Road systems were used as control lines where crews initiated firing operations to slow the fire spread. 

As of August 27, 2020 the Pine Gulch Fire became the largest wildfire in Colorado State history, surpassing the Hayman Fire that burned near Colorado Springs in the summer of 2002. The fire burned in both Mesa and Garfield Counties and shutdown Hwy 139 for several days. By the year's end, the Pine Gulch Fire was surpassed by the Cameron Peak (208,913 acres) and East Troublesome Fires (193,812 acres).

Control of the fire returned to local agencies on September 12, 2020, to complete suppression repair of areas damaged by actions taken to contain the fire, such as retardant drops and building firelines.

The Pine Gulch Fire reached 100% containment on September, 23, 2020. Fire crews also completed the majority of the suppression repair. 

For the latest information on the Pine Gulch Fire click here or call 970-628-5622.

View Pine Gulch Fire Map

To view previous virtual public meetings please visit Facebook, @PineGulchFireCO 

Evacuations:

There are currently no evacuations or pre-evacuations for residents of Mesa County. 

Closures:

BLM Area Closure

In coordination with Garfield County, the Bureau of Land Management will lift the majority of the Pine Gulch Fire closure on May 1, 2021 along with the seasonal winter wildlife closures. Garfield County will leave 16 Road (CR 205) closed while they continue to perform maintenance and restoration work. The BLM will have the routes behind the gate on CO 205 closed until work is complete.

Safety Measures:

  1. If you're in the burned area of the Pine Gulch Fire, stay aware of your surrounding and the weather condition.
  2. If a landslide or debris flow was to occur, it most likely would happen during thunderstorms or extended periods of rainfall. Keep a close eye on the weather!

For more information click here.

 

Learn more about what to do Before, During, and After a wildfire.

Planning  

The purpose of the Mesa County Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Mesa County originally completed its Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2005. The plan was subsequently updated in 2010  and 2015. 

View Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan  

 

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