The first call came in at 3:52 PM reporting a brush fire in the 1000 block of 24 Road. When crews arrived on scene they found a fire that had spread from an agricultural property into a nearby drainage ditch that was overgrown. The fire was rapidly spreading within the drainage and being driven by the wind to a neighboring property. No one was injured, but fencing and agricultural equipment were damaged in the one acre blaze. It was determined that the cause of the fire was an agricultural burn that got out of control.
GJFD responded with Engine 3, Engine 5, Brush 4, Water Tender 5, a Battalion Chief, and a Deputy Fire Chief. Lower Valley Fire Protection District also responded to the call with Brush 31 and Water Tender 31. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted with scene safety and interviewing the land owners.
The second call at 5:28 PM was for reports of a fire along the southwest side of the canal on 28 1/4 Road behind an apartment complex and a subdivision. When crews arrived they found fire spreading quickly through heavy fuels, destroying fences, and coming very close to nearby residences. No one was injured, but several fences were destroyed. The fire is currently under investigation.
With many GJFD resources still occupied at the first brush fire, GJFD responded to the second fire with Truck 1, Engine 2, Ambulance 2, Ambulance 6, and a Deputy Chief. Clifton Fire also responded with the Fire Chief, Engine 21, and Truck 21. Without access to fire hydrants or water tenders crews were able to draft water from the nearby canal to fight the fire. Grand Junction Police Department responded and provided traffic control and interviewed witnesses.
Strong winds and dense dry fuels contributed to the severity of both fires and presented challenges for crews fighting the blazes. For more information on these incidents contact the Community Outreach Office at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org or by phone at (970)549-5858.