On Monday night, the Grand Junction Fire Department reported the Rosevale fire as one of Mesa County’s largest evacuations due to a wildfire.
“Fire crews were in the Rosevale area all night last night monitoring for hotspots and flare-ups at 8:30 this morning, we had a call-in to 911 that there had been another flare-up”, says Ellis Thompson-Ellis the Community Outreach Specialist for the GJFD.
These flare-up fires are remnants of the huge fire from Monday night.
Five fire suppression units between the GJFD and Lower Valley Fire District were called to the scene in the Rosevale area to extinguish the flare-ups.
“As far as we know, for now, all hotspots are out, but we’re just kind of checking the south side of this area to make sure nothing is popping up again”, says Thompson-Ellis.
Dispatch tells us they received 45 calls within the first 10 minutes during the inferno Monday night, which burned about 10 acres, 11 fire agencies were called to the scene with 60 units responding.
Exactly 363 homes were evacuated Monday night with no reports of fatalities or injuries at this time.
The evacuation order was lifted at 2 o’clock Tuesday morning.
“When we issue an evacuation, typically what we will do is have residents go to an immediate staging area while we’re preparing an evacuation shelter and an overnight shelter if needed. Last night, residents showed up to the Safeway here in the Redlands where they got information about the evacuation center”, says Thompson-Ellis.
The GJFD also wants to stress the importance of registering for emergency alerts on the county’s website, www.gjcity.org. By going to the county’s website, search for Emergency Alerts, click to sign up at the bottom and fill out the information.
The cause of the inferno on Monday night is still unknown and is currently being investigated by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office who is also seeking help from the community.
If you know what may have a started the Rosevale area fire, please contact the MCSO at 244-3500.