At 14:44 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a two vehicle crash at approximately mile marker 29 on I70. As a result of the crash the vehicles caught fire which then spread to the brush along the south side of I70. Winds pushed the fire to the south and east covering a distance of approximately a 1/4 mile. No structures were damaged by the fire. Both lanes of I70 and the 27 Road Bridge were closed while crews worked to get the fire under control. As of 18:00 the eastbound lane of I70 remains closed. Three patients were transported from the scene, the extent of injuries unknown. The investigation into the crash will be conducted by Grand Junction Police Department.
The GJFD responded with Engine 1, 2, 4, 5, Truck 3, Brush 5, Water Tender 5, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Ambulance 2, 3, 6, and Battalion 1. All manned GJFD fire suppression vehicles and personnel were used on this call. Engine 5, Brush 5, and Battalion 1 are still on scene checking for hotspots.
The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community that dangerous fire conditions exist, and can cause fire to spread rapidly. In these conditions avoid working with machinery outdoors, discarding cigarette butts outside of designated containers, or driving with unsecured chains. During Red Flag Warnings all burning is prohibited. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach office at firstname.lastname@example.org.