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Release Date: 07/08/09
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  Contact: Erin Curtis, Public Information Officer, 970-210-2126    

Update on Fire Near Colorado-Utah Border

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Fire officials with the Upper Colorado River Fire Management Unit say the fire burning near the Utah-Colorado border has grown to more than 800 acres and is burning toward the northwest. The fire is in a remote area in rocky, steep terrain, and no structures are threatened. Access to the fire is limited, and fire officials say they are managing the fire for the benefit of the plant resources in the area. The oak brush and pinyon-juniper in the area can benefit through treatment of fire. 

A contingent of firefighters remain on the ground monitoring the fire, and officials also continue to monitor it from the air. 

While no structures are currently being threatened by the fire, there are oil and gas facilities in the area. Fire officials are planning now to protect those facilities should the fire spread their way, and say the facilities are readily defendable.

Firefighters responded to the fire on Tuesday, July 7, at about 1:30 p.m., and say the likely cause of the fire is lightning. It is currently burning in both Colorado and Utah, near the Mesa and Garfield county lines in Colorado.

Resources on the fire include 14 personnel, including smokejumpers, one engine crew, and a fuels crew.

A red flag warning in effect today has been extended through 8 p.m. tomorrow in anticipation of forecasted gusty winds and low humidity. Smoke has been visible throughout the Grand Valley and behind the Bookcliffs this afternoon, and is likely to continue to be visible tomorrow, picking up in the afternoon.

  2815 H Rd      Grand Junction, CO 8150  

Last updated: 07-09-2009