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Release Date: 07/01/09
Contacts: Contact: Erin Curtis, Public Information Officer, 970 210-2126    
  UCR Media Information Line: 970 244-3104    

Hunter Canyon Fire Grows to 100 Acres

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Fire crews with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit continued to fight a fire in Hunters Canyon this afternoon, about 15 miles north/northwest of Grand Junction on the north end of the Bookcliffs. By this evening at 6 p.m., the fire had grown to nearly 100 acres, and is expected to burn 120 to 150 acres before it is contained. Fire officials estimate containment by July 4.

Firefighters were called out to the lightning-caused fire yesterday at about 1:20 p.m.

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, and no injuries have been reported.

Resources on the fire include two engine crews, a single-engine air tanker (SEAT), an air supervision lead plane, a helitanker, a fuels crew and a helitack crew. In total, 25 personnel are on the ground working the fire, and are expected to staff the fire again overnight.

Note: Another update on the fire will be provided tomorrow morning. Media can call the UCR Fire Media Information Line at 970-244-3104 for updates throughout the day.

  2815 H Rd      Grand Junction, CO 81506  

Last updated: 07-02-2009