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Expect Pine Gulch Fire To Be Fully 'Out' As Late As November

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) - The number of personnel at the Pine Gulch Fire decreased to 753 from 915 on Friday. The size of the fire held at 139,006 acres and 77% containment, officials announced on Saturday morning.

"Crews will continue monitoring uncontained fire edge on the south and west," they said. Other crews will work on repairing bulldozer and hand containment lines.

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Pine Gulch Fire map on Aug. 29 (credit: Inciweb)

A Rapid Extraction Module is watching for any firefighters who might be injured and need help being removed from the fire line.

Officials say some firefighters suffered minor injuries like a scratched eye, a cut hand and a twisted ankle.

mosaic burn pine gulch (inciweb)
(credit: Inciweb)

While crews have contained a majority of the fire, they say it will be weeks, if not months, before the fire is extinguished.

"It will take a season-ending event such as significant, sustained rainfall (or even snow) for the fire to be completely 'out.' This may not take place until mid-September, October, or even as late as November," officials said.

The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will hand over command duties to the Southern Area Type 1 Red Team on Sunday.

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