At 2:36 PM Grand Junction Fire Department responded to reports of an agricultural burn that was out of control on the 900 block of 24 Road. Neighbors from the east side of 24 Road called when they saw a strong gust of wind push the fire from a field into a nearby grove of pine trees. The fire spread quickly burning an outdoor shed and coming within 100 feet of a home. GJFD requested a water tender from the Lower Valley Fire Protection District due to lack of access to fire hydrants in the area. There are no reported injuries from the fire.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating for possible criminal charges. The responsible party could be facing arson charges. The Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office reminds you that it is your responsibility to maintain control of your fire during open burn season. If a controlled burn gets out of control, you are liable for any damage caused.
Grand Junction Fire Department responded with Truck 1, Engine 2, Engine 5, Truck 3, Brush 4, Ambulance 3, and a Battalion Chief. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Lower Valley Fire Protection District responded to assist.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.