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Grand Junction Fire Department headed to Wyoming

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 12:06 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 11:40 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - At 8:00 a.m., the Grand Junction Fire Department deployed a team of four wildland firefighters and Brush Engine 6 to Laramie, Wyoming to assist in severe wildfire conditions as part of the national mutual aid system.

This kind of deployment is the GJFD not responding to a specific fire, but instead proactively making themselves available in areas with severe fire conditions and a high probability of extreme fire behavior. As this part of Wyoming is currently experiencing high winds, low humidity, and high temperatures - making it a high risk area for wildfires. This way they can quickly identify and respond to fires before they spread.

This deployment is the second of its kind, the first was in California, with the team returning Monday.

”What’s different about this deployment is typically we’ll get sent to a specific fire or incident,” said Grand Junction Fire Department Community Outreach Specialist Ellis Thompson-Ellis. “But this deployment and our last one are, respond to this area that has this really significant potential and help the regional authorities actively patrol and catch those fires early before they turn into those major incidents.”

The crew provided active fire patrols in a high-risk area, where they were able to quickly identify a fire, provide fire suppression, and keep the fire contained.

The deployment in Laramie is of the same kind. To assist regional authorities in quickly identifying and responding to fires before they spread.

While the deployed team could be in Wyoming for up to two weeks, the GJFD continues to keep wildland firefighters and specialized response vehicles available in Grand Junction to be able to respond to local incidents. As Mesa County is still in stage 1 fire restrictions.

For more information on this deployment, contact the Community Outreach Office at (970) 549-5800 or email GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.

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