At 13:08 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 700 block of 26 Road. The fire was raging inside a barn in close proximity to a home and an open field of vegetation. The fire grew rapidly and spread to the nearby brush and trees. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Wildland Fire Team and BLM responded to assist with the brush fire. The barn and home were unoccupied at the time of the fire. The barn was a total loss, but the home remained undamaged. There were no injuries.
The GJFD responded with Engine 1,2,4,5, Truck 3, Water Tender 5, Medic 1, Ambulance 3, Battalion 1, and Fire Marshal Chuck Mathis. Due to poor access to a water supply the GJFD ran over 700 feet of 5 inch hose to the nearest fire hydrant. Every 2 feet of hose is equal to a gallon of water weighing 8 pounds. In total the GJFD was moving 2,800 pounds of water approximately 700 feet to the location of the fire to supply multiple attack lines.
The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community to work together to help keep neighborhoods safe. If you see a natural fire hazard in your neighborhood, work with your community to mitigate the hazard. A defensible space around your home, clear of vegetation allows fire crews to defend your property in the event of a fire. For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.