There's a fire raging on the western slope and it's nearing 12,000 acres after doubling in size again.

According to a Wednesday night report, the Pine Gulch Fire near Grand Junction, Colorado has reached 11,846 acres. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was 5,685 acres. On Monday, the fire was reported to be 1,500 acres. Containment remains at 5 percent.

The fire is described as "exhibiting extreme fire behavior" including 'running' and 'torching.' After a day of significant growth, dangerous fire conditions are expected to continue. According to the report, "high rates of spread are possible" and continued spread in acreage is expected.

The extreme nature of the fire is making it difficult to fight, with current planned firefighting actions including scouting and evaluating indirect line locations. As of Wednesday night, 292 personnel were working to control the blaze.

Though Thursday is expected to be a few degrees cooler, winds will be stronger with gusts reaching up to 30 miles per hour. Winds are able to help drive the spread of fires.

The Pine Gulch Fire is located in remote and rugged terrain approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction, Colorado. It was started by lightning on July 31.

This is a developing story.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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