A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the Grand Valley and surrounding areas from 12:00 PM, Thursday, June 27th, through 8:00 PM, Friday, June 28th. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low humidity, and hot temperatures will contribute to extreme fire behavior.
At 4:06 PM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a fire on the 2600 block of Patterson Road. Conditions caused the fire to spread rapidly threatening structures and eventually igniting a power pole in the area. GJFD responded with a full structure assignment and put out the fire before it reached any homes. There are no known injuries, the cause of the fire in under investigation.
GJFD responded with Engine 2, Engine 3, Water Tender 5, Ambulance 3, and a Battalion Chief. The Grand Junction Police Department responded to assist.
Meanwhile, at 4:15 PM the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a camper on fire on the 200 block of 29 Road. A male at the addressed attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose but Red Flag conditions caused the fire to spread rapidly and the camper and a nearby storage shed were a complete loss. A fence and several vehicles on the property were also damaged by the fire. There are no known injuries.
GJFD responded with Truck 1, Brush 4, and a Battalion Chief. The Clifton Fire Protection District responded to assist.
During Red Flag conditions the smallest spark or flame can spread out of control very quickly. Please take extra precautions while using tools or any equipment that can produce sparks or heat. Check for weather conditions from the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov
For more information on these incidents contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.