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Release Date: 06/30/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, Public Information Officer: 970-210-2126    
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Hunter Canyon Fire Burns in North Bookcliffs

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Fire crews with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit have responded to a fire in Hunters Canyon this afternoon, about 15 miles north/northwest of Grand Junction on the north end of the Bookcliffs. Firefighters were called out at 1:20 this afternoon. By 5:30 this afternoon, the fire had grown to about 25 acres.

The fire is burning up-slope in a remote area that includes rocky, steep terrain with a fuel mix of pinyon-juniper, desert scrub and grasses. No structures are threatened.
Resources on the fire include two engine crews, a single-engine air tanker (SEAT), an air supervision lead plane, a helitanker, and a helitack crew. In total, 15 firefighters are on the ground attacking the fire, and are expected to staff the fire overnight.

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Last updated: 07-01-2009