Lightning May Have Sparked Brush Fire

Fire crews are busy Sunday afternoon in the desert north of Grand Junction, as mother nature may have been the culprit of a brush fire.

Spring rains have given way to blossoming patches of cheatgrass, a common wildfire fuel, and with a passing thunderstorm Sunday afternoon, fire crews believe a lightning strike sparked the brush fire in the desert.

The Grand Junction Fire Department, along with BLM brush crews responded to the scene. A small water tanker plane was even brought in to fight the flames. It's the third fire in the area over the weekend, but firefighters say the other two were human caused.

Wildfires will continue to be a concern this week, as low relative humidity and gusty winds will dominate the area's weather.

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