625 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-549-5900 FAX: 970-549-5810
Multiple Brush Fires On Interstate 70
For Immediate Release
Contact: Duncan Brown, Battalion Chief
Address: Milemarker 25 to 29
Call Time: 10:47 hrs
On Scene: 11:01 hrs
The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of multiple brush fires along Interstate 70 between Mile Markers 25 and 29
Initial units arrived at I-70 and reported five separate brush fires along the interstate. Additional units were requested from Grand Junction Fire Department and mutual aid was provided from Lower Valley Fire Department. 23 personnel and 9 firefighting units were on the scene. During firefighting efforts, I-70 was reduced to one lane of traffic in the eastbound lanes and as the fires spread, the GJFD requested Colorado State Patrol to close eastbound I-70 at Milemarker (MM) 26 due to smoke conditions obscuring visibility on the interstate; and due to firefighting efforts which blocked both lanes of eastbound I-70. The interstate was closed for approximately 30 minutes. One of the fires had spread to a heavily wooded area and was moving toward homes in a nearby subdivision. This fire was stopped approximately 50 feet from one home and no other homes were threatened. All fires appear to have originated on the interstate. The cause of the fire has not been determined. It is possible a vehicle with a mechanical issue may have ignited the fires as it traveled on the interstate. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind everyone that the weather conditions are hot and dry. Vegetation is dry and can burn easily. If you are traveling on the roadways, please make sure your vehicle is safe and mechanically ready for travel. If you are towing with your vehicle, make sure your trailer is in good condition and all safety chains or other devices have adequate clearance from the roadway.
The Grand Valley fire danger is currently high to extreme with a Red Flag Warning in place. Let’s be careful out there!