The Pine Gulch fire reached 100% containment Wednesday, a spokesman with the Bureau of Land Management confirmed.

The fire was started by a lightning strike on July 31 about 18 miles north of Grand Junction. Its growth was explosive thanks to strong winds and hot, dry conditions, the Gazette previously reported. On Aug. 27, the Pine Gulch fire officially surpassed the 2002 Hayman fire as the largest wildfire in Colorado history.

The fire burned 139,007 acres and on Wednesday the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Unit’s Type 3 Team handed over command to a local Type 4 Incident Management Team, bureau spokesman Eric Coulter said.

The fire had remained 95% contained for two weeks, with the last bits of the fire burning in a remote area filled with rugged terrain, Coulter said.

“It was hard to get boots on the ground,” he said.

With the blaze officially contained, firefighters continue to conduct suppression repair, Coulter said.

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Breeanna Jent covers El Paso County and the state of Colorado. She previously worked as the editorial assistant for the Pikes Peak Newspapers and joined their sister paper, The Gazette, in 2020.

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