Around 1:00 PM yesterday, Grand Junction Fire Department deployed a team of wildland firefighters to the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, California. Engine Boss Josh Evans, Engineer Billy Reyez, and Firefighters Josh Sparks and Nate Baker could be gone for up to two weeks helping fight the blaze alongside 4,150 other firefighters. The Department is honored to be able to send a crew to help, and looking forward to the knowledge and skills they will bring back to Grand Junction. This deployment also marks the first of its kind for the new Type III engine, Brush 6. With the purchase of Brush 6 this year, GJFD now has three brush trucks to make sure that these resources are available locally as well as for national and statewide deployments.
The Kincade fire began on October 23rd, and rapidly expanded to the now 66,231 acres threatening over 70,000 homes. Currently, the fire is only 5% contained. One first responder has been hurt on the fire, but thankfully no lives have been lost. The most recent forecast predicts continued red flag conditions, with wind gusts between 40-50 miles per hour.
Financial donations can be made to the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region by texting REDCROSS to 90999, calling 1-800-435-7669, or online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/.
For more information on the Grand Junction Fire Department deployment contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858, or by e-mail at GJfirePIO@gjcity.org.