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.