The Ox Cart Fire was ignited by lighting and started burning on June 8, 2013. From that date to June 24, 2013 the fire slowly grew to over 1000 acres. The Great Basin Type 2 Team headed by Incident Commander Tracy Dunford (Team 6), assumed management of the fire at 6 a.m. on June 27th. At this time the fire is not threatening human life or safety. There are no residential or commerical properties, critical infrastructure, or cultural resources at risk. The fire has extablished in the South Rock Creek drainage with group torching and uphill runs. Two small spot fires were detected on the east side of the divide near timberline. Light winds on June 26th enabled the use of helicopters to work these spot fires. Runs the fire made on June 25th hit the ridge tops and the topography held the fire in place.
The fire originated between North and South Rock Creeks; 6 miles southeast of Poncha Pass; Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area; Sangre de Cristo Mountains; Saguache Ranger District, Rio Grande National Forest.
|Date of Origin||Saturday June 08th, 2013 approx. 11:00 AM|
|Location||9 miles south of Salida, 7 miles west of Howard and 9 miles north of Villa Grove|
Timber (litter and understory). Spruce/Douglas Fir
The fire will be turned back to the local unit at 0600 on Sunday, June 30, 2013.
Fire was controlled on July 5, 2013
|Wind Conditions||12 mph E|