Brush Fire Near Old Fruita Refinery Under Control

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Firefighters had said they would be out all night to monitor a brush fire burning in between Fruita and Loma.

But sometime during they night, they got it fully under control and put out all the hot spots-and were able to leave the scene.

They battled the flames near the Old Fruita Refinery, and part of I-70 was shut down for several hours. But law enforcement officials re-opened Interstate 70 from Fruita to Loma by ten o'clock.

Dispatchers got the call just after 6:40p.m. on Sunday evening when a passerby reported smoke in the area of 15 1/2 Road and Highway 6 & 50.

The Lower Valley Fire Department, Grand Junction Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management and the Mesa County Fire Team dug fire lines and made a perimeter around the fire.

Firefighters say once they doused the flames they stayed in the area for part of the night to monitor hot spots and make sure the fire did not spark back up.

Grand Junction Fire Department Public Information Officer Mike Page says no structures were damaged and no injuries have been reported.

Check out the picture taken by viewer Billie Braeutigam, taken from eastbound I-70 passing the fire scene Sunday evening. We are always glad to take viewer pictures and news tips! Email us anytime at

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  • by Donna Location: Redlands on Jul 19, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Just shut off our air cooler so much smoke, house smells like smoke, don't think I shut it off in time (phew!!!)
  • by cora Location: super 8 in fruita on Jul 19, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    i live in fruita and we had a power surge right after the lightning hit
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