NASA has captured a picture of the Pine Gulch Fire north of Grand Junction that shows the smoke from the fire traveling all the way to Vail.

The Pine Gulch Fire about 18 miles north of Grand Junction started on July 31st from a lightning strike and keeps growing and growing. The Pine Gulch Fire is now approximately 36,500 acres and is 7% contained, according to the Denver Post.

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The smoke from the fire can be seen all over Western Colorado and NASA has captured a photo that shows just how far the smoke is traveling. NASA's Aqua satellite captured the image above on August 9, 2020.

The smoke from the Pine Gulch Fire near De Beque is traveling all the way to Vail, which is 116 miles away.

According to NASA, their satellite instruments:

...are often the fist to detect wildfire burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours...

NASA is able to detect fires, track smoke from fires, give information about the fires to get them under control, and assess the 'extent of changes to our ecosystem.'

There have been some evacuations in Garfield County as well as electricity being cut to certain homes as a safety precaution, and Garfield County Fairgrounds is accepting evacuated livestock, according to the Denver Post.

You can see how the smoke is traveling from the Grand Junction/De Beque region all the way to Vail in NASA's picture of the Pine Gulch Fire above. We hope that the Pine Gulch Fire is 100% contained soon and that our firefighters and all personnel working with the fire can get home to their families soon.