At 1006 Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the 500 block of 22 Rd. for a controlled burn that was rapidly growing in size. The property owner had properly obtained a burn permit from the City of Grand Junction prior to the incident. The area being burned is bordered by ditches and canals that prevented flames from reaching nearby structures. GJFD quickly doused the flames and extinguished hot spots before clearing at 1110.
GJFD responded with Engine 3, Brush 4, and a Battalion Chief. Brush fires can be an unintended consequence of burn season. Burning safely or removing vegetative waste can positively prevent the spread of brush fires. Citizens preparing to burn with a permit from the City or County should always be aware of restrictions, Red Flag Warnings, or adverse weather conditions before deciding to burn.
Work together to keep neighborhoods safe. If you see a natural fire hazard in your neighborhood, work with your community to mitigate the problem. 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 event, contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org, or by phone at (970)549-5858.