At 4:07 PM the Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to 26 Road in the area of F 3/4 Road for several small fires burning on the east side of the road. As GJFD crews responded to the scene, additional callers continued to report fires along 26 Road stretching north from the original location. Additional fire suppression resources were requested from Clifton Fire Protection District, Lower Valley Fire District, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Wildland Fire Team. Fires continued to spread reaching power poles and threatening homes in the area. Callers to the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center reported additional fires appearing on 25 Road stretching from approximately G Road to I Road.
With additional resources arriving from Palisade Fire Department, Lands End Fire Protection District, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) GJFD split command into multiple divisions operating on 25 Road and 26 Road. GJFD command worked quickly to determine the most urgent locations threatened by the fire and prioritized protecting homes and preventing the fire from spreading into areas overgrown with heavy fuels. As fires continued to spread and new fires were reported GJFD command requested a firefighting helicopter to respond and assist. Crews from multiple agencies battled the fires along 25 Road and 26 Road and in open areas between the two roads. At 5:47 PM an additional fire was reported in the area of 23 Road and E Road. Available crews quickly responded and extinguished the flames. With active fires out, GJFD terminated command at 9:44 PM. Crews from the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Team, and the BLM stayed overnight to monitor the area of the fire and extinguish any hot spots. There are no known injuries from the fire. The cause of the fire in under investigation.
GJFD responded with Truck 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 5, Brush 4, Water Tender 5, Battalion 1, and Chief 3. GJFD would like to thank responders from Clifton Fire Protection District, Lower Valley Fire District, Lands End Fire Protection District, Palisade Fire Deparment, Mesa County Sheriff’s Wildland Fire Team, Bureau of Land Management, Grand Junction Regional Dispatch Center’s Incident Dispatch Team, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grand Junction Police Department for their valuable assistance.
For more information on this incident contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org. Let’s be careful out there.