Colorado wildfires update: Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak, Williams Fork, Lewstone and Thorpe fires

Colorado’s wildfires continue to burn from the Western Slope to the Continental Divide, though fire crews have been able to increase containment over the past few days.

Smoke from California’s wildfires continues to present unhealthy air quality on the Front Range.

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Pine Gulch

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Pine Gulch remained stable overnight Tuesday, with the fire still burning 135,920 acres, or 212 square miles, with 47% containment, fire officials said on Facebook.

Outflow winds entered the fire overnight Tuesday, but did not significantly impact it, officials said. Crews made progress Tuesday in East Salt Creek, officials said, with the fire backing down into the bottom of the drainage, allowing firefighters to work near the fire’s edge.

Control lines on the north edge of the fire are also holding well, officials said, with most of the fire perimeter considered contained. Smoke columns were visible Tuesday, but they consisted of fuels being burned on the fire’s interior, where it is not a threat, officials said.

More thunderstorms are possible Wednesday between noon and midnight, with a 15% chance of rain. Outflow winds could gust up to 25 miles per hour, while the fuels remain dry and prime for burning, officials said.

Douglas Pass (Colorado 139) reopened Tuesday night, with transportation officials warning that travelers should plan for likely closures due to mudslides and other events, lower speed limits and no stopping or standing.

Grizzly Creek

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

Containment on the Grizzly Creek fire in Glenwood Canyon increased significantly overnight Tuesday, with the fire still burning 32,060 acres or 50 square miles.

Crews achieved 61% containment as of Wednesday morning, officials said in a news release, up from 44% the day before.

Fire officials made progress on the fire line, with containment lines holding despite strong outflow winds and passing thunderstorms, officials said. Firefighters completed a successful multi-day operation on Spruce Ridge above Bair Ranch.

Fire activity was minimal throughout much of the fire Tuesday, with interior smoke popping up near No Name and Grizzly Creek drainages — an occurrence that will continue until significant rainfall, officials said. Crews went into Hanging Lake area to identity trees that might need to be removed, but officials reported no smoke in the area.

Interstate 70 remains open in both directions after a two-week closure, but drivers should expect periodic delays.

Williams Fork fire

Updated as of 10:00 a.m.

The Williams Fork fire grew slightly overnight Tuesday, and is now burning 11,726 acres — 18 square miles — with 5% containment, fire officials said on Facebook.

Additional containment is expected over the next few days after firefighters were able to complete burning operations east of Grand County Road 30, officials said. Crews are also working on protection efforts near Bobtail Mine and Denver Water infrastructure.

The weather forecast remains moderate Wednesday, with a chance of afternoon precipitation.

No evacuations have been ordered for the Fraser Valley, while a wide swath of U.S. Forest Service land remains closed west of Winter Park and Fraser.

Wildfire map

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