The Pine Gulch Fire began a few miles southwest of the Ranch Headquarters on July 31, 2020; within 3 days, the fire had reached The Ranch. The fire went on to consume over 140,000 acres and become the largest fire in recorded Colorado history at the time.
The drought conditions that led to the Pine Gulch Fire Event were not isolated to our corner of Colorado. The end of the 2020 fire season would see the Pine Gulch Fire passed twice over as the largest fire in Colorado history and dwarfed by larger fires throughout the Western States.
Our deepest appreciation goes out to these brave men and women from around the country that fought and risked their lives to protect these lands and way of life. The opportunity to work with and get to know these individuals from incident commanders, hot-shot crews, structural protection staff, and support personnel through the fire was a life changing experience that provided comfort during the fire and perspective and direction in the aftermath.