Created: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:47:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:47:24 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - Red flag warnings kick into effect Monday for Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, Ouray, and Rio Blanco counties.
"There's an increased danger for not only fires to start but for fires to grow rapidly," Grand Junction firefighter and Wildland Team member Michael Cox said.
According to the Grand Junction Fire Department, 25 percent of their fire calls are for brush wildfires.
The common areas they occur are up in the Redlands or down by the river.
"Within the city, our big thing that we're looking at is our wildland urban interface areas," Cox said. "[This happens] up in the Redlands a lot where we have houses that are right up against brush."
The Grand Junction Fire Department has a team with an emphasis in wildland and brush fires. They also have two cars made just for that purpose.
Considering it took a while for this year's warm weather to kick in, wildfires have not sparked much in Colorado. Officials expect that it will be a very active season in the western part of the nation.