Fire risk still high despite mild weather

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The seasons will be changing soon, but that doesn’t mean that fire risk is going down.

If you saw smoke in the air Thursday, it was from the Bull Draw fire near Montrose.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says this is a good reminder that even though we are out of stage one fire restrictions, fuels are still very dry.

While temperatures are starting to cool off, the department says we aren’t clear of the fire danger.

“In the fire service as a whole we are looking at moving from talking about fire season, like spring and summertime, to talking about fire years, because honestly, that’s what our communities are seeing. Brush fires aren’t just happening in the summer in those hot and dry months, they are happening all the way into December, and January," said spokesperson for GJFD, Ellis Thompson-Ellis.

GJFD also wants to encourage those within city limits to continue to act responsibly if burning.

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