Brushy Mountain Fire Update

Brushy Mountain Fire Update

Contacts:   Lee Ann Loupe, Fire Information Officer, 970.874.6717; cell: 970.596.0246


Grand Junction, CO (May 15, 2012) – Firefighters continue to work toward containment of the Brushy Mountain Fire.  The fire has grown to approximately 170 acres in size and is about 80% contained.  Full containment is estimated for Friday, May 18, pending weather and burning conditions.  A “Type 3 Incident Management Team” lead by Incident Commander  Jeff Phillips is managing the fire and the resources working it.  Fire officials say communications to and from the fire are difficult, as it is located in a fairly remote area and there is no cell phone coverage.

The fire is burning between Delta and Whitewater (Colorado) at the bottom of the North Fork of the Escalante Creek and north of Forest Road #421.  No homes or structures are nearby, or threatened.   A total of 56 persons are assigned to the fire and this includes two engines, a fire crew and various overhead (team) members.  A helicopter has been assisting as well. 

The Brushy Mountain Fire began on Friday, May 11 on private land in the area and was caused by a lightning strike.  The fire burned onto National Forest System Lands on the Uncompahgre Plateau..  Weather forecasts call for a dry, cold front with gusty wind over the next few days. Fire officials will continue to monitor the conditions and work toward containment and control of the fire.
Members of the public are cautioned that ground and vegetation conditions are dry and local winds and the lack of moisture make for conditions that are ripe for wildfire.  Please be careful.