Brush Fire: 2618 Chestnut Dr. Grand Junction, Colorado

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625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501

Phone: 970-549-5858 FAX: 970-549-5810

Press Release

Brush Fire: 2618 Chestnut Dr. Grand Junction, Colorado

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shawn Montgomery (PIO) 970-260-3708

Date: 07/05/2015

Address: Area of 26 Rd and G Rd. Grand Junction, Colorado

Dispatched: 2128 hrs

On Scene: 2137 hrs

The Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 2618 Chestnut Dr. The first GJFD fire unit on scene (Truck 3) quickly realized that the fire was actually an out of control brush fire and requested additional fire apparatus to handle the blaze. Several crews from GJFD, BLM, and Clifton responded to the area to fight the fire. The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center activated their Reserve 911 system to notify residents in the area of the fire and the potential of a mandatory evacuation. Fire crews applied compressed foam to several houses to protect them from catching fire and fought to hold the blaze from crossing 26 Rd. Rain assisted in the slowing of the fire and allowed fire crews to fully contain the brush fire around 2320 hrs. No homes were damaged, one barn did receive minor fire damage but crews were able to hold the fire to the exterior of the barn.

It is important to highlight the level of coordination, resource management, and cooperation this incident required to save lives and property. No one was injured in this incident and no structures were lost.

Units Involved with this incident include: GJFD, BLM, Clifton, LVFD, East Orchard Mesa Fire, GJPD, MCSO, and CSP.

The fire investigation is currently on going and the Grand Junction Fire Department is receiving assistance in the investigation from the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Grand Junction Fire Department is the lead on this investigation and all question should be direct to the GJFD Fire Information Coordinator @ 970-260-3708.

GJFD investigators have released that the fire was caused by a firework. The details of the events leading up to the fire are still under investigation.

State and local resources will be in and around the burned area today conducting “mop up” (putting out hotspots) and ensuring that there is no rekindle of the fire.

GJFD PIO will handle all media inquiries and will be available by phone. In person interviews for this incident will be available tomorrow morning at 10 am.

Update release for this incident will be at 1700 hrs.