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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 07/06/12
Contacts: Fire Information at 970 209-8006    

Firefighters Take a Moment to Remember Tragedy (07-06-12)



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – At 4 PM today (MST) firefighters on the Third Water Springs fire will pause for a moment of silence in remembrance of fourteen of their colleagues who perished July 6, 1994 on Storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs Colorado.  This scene will be repeated on forest fires across the country and stands as a stark reminder that firefighting is a dangerous occupation no matter how large or small the fire.

Fire crews continue to make progress on the Third Water Springs fire.  Although the fire received no rain overnight, fire activity was minimal and the size remains at 131 acres with 60% containment.  Currently 125 firefighters are assigned to the Third Water Springs fire along with two helicopters and six engines.

Today’s objectives are to complete and strengthen fire line around the perimeter of the fire and begin extinguishing hot spots along its edges.  Incident personnel hope to reach containment this weekend and begin releasing crews and equipment to other fires or to their home units. 

The western United States continues to experience record dry conditions and fire danger remains very high.  Everyone is urged to use extreme caution with fire and to check with their appropriate county or federal authorities about fire restrictions currently in place.

Residents of Garfield and Mesa Counties are encouraged to register their home, cell and business phones as well as email addresses with county officials to assist in emergency notifications.  In Garfield County residents can register by going to www.GarCo911.org.   In Mesa County the website is www.gjcity.org.

There are currently no evacuations or pre-evacuation orders in place in conjunction with the Third Water Springs fire. To learn how to prepare for evacuations in the future, log on to www.sheriff.mesacounty.us

More information about the Third Water Springs fire is available by calling 970-209-8006.



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