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Release Date: 07/06/12
Contacts: Fire Information at 970 209-8006    

Third Water Spring Firefighters Make Good Progress (07-06-12)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Cooler temperatures and higher humidity allowed firefighters  to gain the upper hand on the Third Water Spring Fire northeast of Grand Junction Thursday.

One hundred and thirty men and women using hand tools, helicopters and engines managed to prevent the fire from spreading and have now contained 25% of its 137 acre perimeter.  The fire is burning primarily on Bureau of Land Management Land. 

Thursday evening, 20 members of the surrounding community met with representatives of the Incident Management Team, Bureau of Land Management and the Garfield Sheriff’s department to hear the latest update on the fire’s status.  The news was good as Incident Commander Lathan Johnson expressed hope that the fire would be fully contained in the near future.

Officials reminded the audience that the western United States is experiencing record dry conditions and that fire danger remains high.  Citizens were encouraged to register their home phones, cell phones and email addresses with county officials to aid in future notices concerning emergencies.  

There are currently no evacuations or pre-evacuation orders in place in conjunction with the Third Water Springs Fire.

More information about the Third Water Spring Fire is available by calling 970-209-8006.

For information about preparing for possible evacuations, log on to

Note to editor:
Cutline: Incident Commander Lathan Johnson, flanked by BLM Grand Junction Field Officer Manager Catherine Robertson, left, brief a crowd of 21 citizens at the Cowboy Chapel of Prayer near the Third Water Spring Fire, July 5. 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-06-2012