Grand Junction Fire Department deploys crew to Southern California to battle wildfires

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — As of July, 337 wildfires have burned in Colorado.

Seven of those burned over a thousand acres for a grand total of roughly thirty-three thousand acres torched in the state.

Ellis Thompson-Ellis, says, “fire is a normal part of western ecology and it could be us, so even if  we’re getting impact from other western states, it should keep us mindful that we still  have responsibilities at home.”

The responsibilities of a first responder are difficult and dangerous, sometimes often deadly, but the mission remains the same, serve and protect the communities they wake up every day to.

Extreme drought conditions across the west have forced crews from all over us, including right here at home, to deploy crews where help is needed. One spot is Southern California.

Thompson-Ellis also says, “with the Brush 6 deployment, they’re really focused on early detection and early suppression in these extreme drought conditions.”

Crews consist of four members, packed with technology to help them look out for fire starts and other ways to reduce the threat of flames.

Thompson-Ellis added, “they are in the San Bernardino National Forest and they’re their kind of on standby so that when a fire is detected, with that early detection, they’ve got crews that can go in and provide initial attack on that fire.”

Fire officials say fire seasons are turning into fire years.

Crew members are deployed for two weeks, leaving behind loved ones to help a lending hand elsewhere.

Thompson-Ellis also says, “all of our crew members on the wildland team, they are dads and moms and sisters and brothers and when they get that call for two weeks, they have to pick up and leave.”

The call that keeps on ringing could be seconds away from a life-changing experience.

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