9:00 PM Update: Officials now estimate the Pine Ridge fire has burned 10,000 acres. Fifty DeBeque residents remain evacuated. I-70 remains closed in both directions from Cameo to DeBeque.
Fire Officials say the Pine Ridge Fire has been very active today, and is expected to remain active for some time. The fire was last estimated to be 1,500 acres in size. It started Wednesday morning, 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction. Two helicopters and two heavy air tankers are currently working, along with about 100 personnel.