GJFD Wildland Team Deployed to Sunshine Fire Near Boulder

At 0600 this morning a Grand Junction Fire Department Wildland Team arrived at the Sunshine Fire located just west of Boulder, CO. Equipped with GJFD Brush Engine Four, firefighters Michael Cox, Billy Reyez, Jacob Long, and Burt Dole will be joining 178 other firefighters in combating the 62-acre fire that started in the early hours of Sunday Morning. Thus far the Sunshine Fire has caused the evacuation of 426 homes, with no reported damage or injuries. At the time of this release the fire is reported to be 50% contained, with crews working and defending homes. The GJFD crew has been assigned to cut fire lines with a larger crew of 20 firefighters and help put out hot spots along the way.

The Grand Junction Fire Department Wildland Team is a local resource with national capabilities. When incidents in other parts of the country need our help, we are able to send a local team at no cost to our community. These deployments add experience and expertise to our department when we encounter wildland or urban-interface fires in our own back yard.

Dry windy conditions throughout Colorado have made for a busy early season for wildland fires. In the Grand Valley over the weekend, agencies responded to a total of 20 brush fires, most of which were caused by human activities. Controlled burning, illegal burning, sparking machinery, recreational shooting, and travel-related sparks from metal dragging on the road are just some of the causes of wildfires.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind residents that fire danger remains high. If you are planning a burn, it is best to burn in the early morning when winds are calm. Always be ready to extinguish a fire in case it gets out of control.

For the latest information on the Sunshine fire visit http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/.

For local weather including red flag warnings, visit www.weather.gov.

For questions about burn permits call (970)549-5800.

GJFD Responds to Brush Fire along HWY 6 and 50

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At 14:42 Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to a brush fire on the south side of HWY 6 and 50 in the area of 23 Road.  The fire, which covered approximately  1/4 acre,was quickly extinguished and was contained to dry weeds along the roadside.  The Grand Junction Fire Department responded with a ladder truck, two engines, and a brush truck.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that dry brush and windy conditions can quickly turn a recreational fire into a brush fire.  Be aware of weather conditions and keep a method of extinguishment nearby.

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GJFD Responds to Report of Smoke at GJHS

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At 07:39 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a report of smoke and heat in the math building at Grand Junction High School. Responders located a small fire in a bathroom which was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Regularly scheduled classes will continue throughout the day.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.

 

GJFD Responds to Structure Fire on 30 3/4 Rd

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At 15:34 the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 140 block of 30 3/4 Road. The structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire which was called in by a neighbor.  There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Total cost of damages is unknown.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.

GJFD Responds to Fire at Single-Family Residence

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The Grand Junction Fire Department responded at 18:49 this evening to reports of a fire at a single-family residence in the 2000 Block of North Ave.

Upon arriving at the scene one patient was immediately transported to the hospital for injuries and fire crews began working to extinguish the fire. Early on it was discovered that one dog was still inside the home. Crews were able to rescue the animal and extinguish the fire quickly.

The extent of the damage is unknown, and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Updates will be posted as they are available.

The Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the community that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Replace the batteries in your detectors twice per year, and practice your emergency evacuation drill with your family and pets regularly.

GJFD Responds to Report of an Explosion

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At 15:21 the Grand Junction Fire department was dispatched to a reported explosion on the 200 block of 28 1/2 Road.  The Mesa County Sheriff’s office and Grand Junction Police Department also responded to the scene. One patient was transported for medical treatment.  The total cost of damages is unknown. The Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause of the explosion. Grand Junction Fire Department responded with four fire engines, a ladder truck, and two ambulances.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.

Attic Fire in Single-Story Home

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At 05:30 this morning the Grand Junction Fire Department was dispatched to an attic fire in a single story residence. The fire was called in by the residents who then evacuated the house. The fire was extinguished with significant damage to the attic.  No one was injured: total cost of damages is unknown.  Grand Junction Fire Department responded with four fire engines, a ladder truck, and an ambulance.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Grand Junction Fire Department would like to remind the public that smoke detectors and emergency evacuation plans save lives. Change your batteries twice a year and practice your emergency exit plan with your family on a regular basis.