Incident Dispatch Team Assisting with Fire Fight

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An IDT Dispatcher uses a radio to talk to crews working the fire

Several of our dispatchers who are part of the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center Incident Dispatch Team (IDT) have been assigned to the Kannah Creek Fire.  They are split into two, 12-hour shifts, and are monitoring and helping to coordinate the ground crews, as well as relaying messages to the air center. 

The Mobile Communication Vehicle

The IDT operates our Mobile Communication Vehicle (a dispatch center on wheels), which is proving very useful in a remote area where communication through established towers is very difficult.

Here’s the latest news release regarding the Kannah Creek Fire:

NEWS RELEASE

July 25, 2011 6 p.m.

Contact: David Boyd, UCR Public Information Officer, 970 319-4130

Tom Alvarez, UCR Public Information Officer, 970 210-2126

Kannah Creek Fire doesn’t grow, full containment expected tomorrow

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The 42-acre Kannah Creek Fire 40 miles southeast of Grand Junction did not grow today, and fire officials have elected to fully contain the fire.

The fire was given the opportunity to grow today on National Forest lands on the north and east flanks to help reduce fuel and improve forest health, but fire activity was minimal. With increasing moist air expected over the region, the potential for the fire to grow further over the next week is low.

With about 125 firefighting personal and two helicopters currently working the fire, fire officials decided this evening to go ahead and secure fire line around the entire perimeter. Full containment is expected tomorrow, and the fire is not expected to grow further.

Fire officials have flexibility in managing lightning-ignited fires such as this one. When the fire actively burned on Sunday, firefighters worked to keep its spread onto City of Grand Junction-owned lands to a minimum, but did not take suppression actions on the north and east flanks. This allowed fire to play its natural, beneficial role on National Forest lands.

Kannah Creek Trail, Carson Lake, Deep Creek Trail and Drop Off Point Trail remain closed as firefighters continue to work the fire.

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