Structure Fire on North Avenue

Emergency-911

At 19:34 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at Xain Wei located at 1530 North Avenue. The fire was reported by employees of a nearby business.  The fire was limited to a glass enclosure surrounding an entrance on the northwest corner of the business. The fire was quickly extinguished. Crews checked the business for signs of fire and found the building unoccupied; there were no injuries.  Cause of the fire is under investigation, and total cost of damages is unknown.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that high winds and dry conditions exist in Mesa County allowing fire to spread rapidly.

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GJFD Responds to Structure Fire on Bonito Ave

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At 12:57 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 1200 block of Bonito Avenue. The fire was caused by a neighbor using a grinder on a metal car part. Sparks from the grinder ignited vegetation which spread to a wooden fence then to the structure. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, there were no injuries.  Total cost of damages is unknown.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that high winds and dry conditions exist in Mesa County allowing fire to spread rapidly. Use caution when using tools that produce flame, sparks, or high temperatures.

 

GJFD Wildland Team Deployed to Sunshine Fire Near Boulder

At 0600 this morning a Grand Junction Fire Department Wildland Team arrived at the Sunshine Fire located just west of Boulder, CO. Equipped with GJFD Brush Engine Four, firefighters Michael Cox, Billy Reyez, Jacob Long, and Burt Dole will be joining 178 other firefighters in combating the 62-acre fire that started in the early hours of Sunday Morning. Thus far the Sunshine Fire has caused the evacuation of 426 homes, with no reported damage or injuries. At the time of this release the fire is reported to be 50% contained, with crews working and defending homes. The GJFD crew has been assigned to cut fire lines with a larger crew of 20 firefighters and help put out hot spots along the way.

The Grand Junction Fire Department Wildland Team is a local resource with national capabilities. When incidents in other parts of the country need our help, we are able to send a local team at no cost to our community. These deployments add experience and expertise to our department when we encounter wildland or urban-interface fires in our own back yard.

Dry windy conditions throughout Colorado have made for a busy early season for wildland fires. In the Grand Valley over the weekend, agencies responded to a total of 20 brush fires, most of which were caused by human activities. Controlled burning, illegal burning, sparking machinery, recreational shooting, and travel-related sparks from metal dragging on the road are just some of the causes of wildfires.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind residents that fire danger remains high. If you are planning a burn, it is best to burn in the early morning when winds are calm. Always be ready to extinguish a fire in case it gets out of control.

For the latest information on the Sunshine fire visit http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/.

For local weather including red flag warnings, visit www.weather.gov.

For questions about burn permits call (970)549-5800.

Dry Windy Conditions Cause Brush Fire Calls to Soar

Today, a hazardous weather advisory warns of increasing winds and dry conditions that could cause fires to spread quickly. If you’ve bought a permit and are planning a controlled burn, or if you’re outside working with machinery that could cause sparks, be aware of the conditions, and always be ready to extinguish a fire.

The Grand Junction Fire Department recommends conducting your controlled burn in the early mornings when winds are calm. Spokesperson Ellis Thompson-Ellis said, “We generally see winds increasing in the early afternoon and evening here that can spread fire very quickly.” Residents can check www.weather.gov for the latest up-to-date information on fire danger, including red flag warnings which prohibit burning of any kind.

Due to these persisting conditions in the Grand Valley, brush fire calls are up from last year. For the month of March, the Grand Junction Fire Department is on-pace to see nearly three times as many brush fires as last year. Yesterday, between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Mesa County saw 15 brush fires, with up to six occurring simultaneously. Those 15 fires involved 11 different fire agencies, with 71 fire vehicles responding. Thompson-Ellis said, “The whole valley is very busy right now. We need people to exercise extreme caution, especially when conducting controlled burns. Have experienced people assist you and be ready to put out a fire in case it gets out of control.”

At one of the fires yesterday, two homes were in immediate danger and had to be evacuated. Fortunately, no one was harmed and no structures were damaged. With these conditions residents can increase the safety of their homes by clearing away underbrush, shrubbery, and trees that grow directly next to their homes. In the event of a fire, having a clear perimeter around your home allows the fire department to better protect your property.

Controlled burning with a permit is allowed through April 30th. Permitted burning must be 50 feet from property lines, and only contain materials less than one inch in diameter. Residents in the City of Grand Junction can call (970)549-5800 for burn permit information. All residents outside the City of Grand Junction can contact the Mesa County Health Department for burn permit information at (970)248-6900.

 

GJFD Responds to Brush Fire along HWY 6 and 50

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At 14:42 Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on the south side of HWY 6 and 50 in the area of 23 Road.  The fire, which covered approximately  1/4 acre,was quickly extinguished and was contained to dry weeds along the roadside.  The Grand Junction Fire Department responded with a ladder truck, two engines, and a brush truck.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that dry brush and windy conditions can quickly turn a recreational fire into a brush fire.  Be aware of weather conditions and keep a method of extinguishment nearby.

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GJFD Responds to Report of Smoke at GJHS

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At 07:39 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and heat in the math building at Grand Junction High School. Responders located a small fire in a bathroom which was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Regularly scheduled classes will continue throughout the day.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.

 

GJFD Responds to Structure Fire on 30 3/4 Rd

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At 15:34 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 140 block of 30 3/4 Road. The structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire which was called in by a neighbor.  There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Total cost of damages is unknown.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.