Ox Cart Fire Update - June 28, 2013
Incident: Ox Cart Wildfire
Ox Cart Fire Update
Friday, June 28, 2013
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Size in Acres
Summary: The Ox Cart fire started on June 8, 2013 and grew to over 1000 acres on June 24, 2013. The fire is currently being managed by a Great Basin Type 2 Team headed by Incident Commander Tracy Dunford (Team 6). At this time the fire is not threatening human life or safety. There are no residential or commercial properties, critical infrastructure or cultural resources at risk at this time. 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.
Objectives for Managing the Fire:
1. Provide for fire fighter safety and public safety, through hazard assessment and application of sound risk management decisions and actions.
2. Take action to prevent fire spread east and north onto Pike and San Isabel National Forest and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands and west onto BLM lands that could impact Gunnison Sage Grouse habitat.
3. Manage cost to commensurate with resource values to be protected.
Current Situation: Fire crews have made good progress establishing direct line around the fire and have secured the southeast portion of the fire perimeter. Calm winds in the last couple of days has allowed helicopters to assist fire crews on the ground with continual bucket drops of water on the two spot fires that established on the Pike San Isabel NF. Crews will continue building direct hand line around the fire edge and checking for hot spots.
Weather: More moisture will be moving in from the east today supporting a higher coverage of showers and thunderstorms, with a better chance to see rain. Today’s temperatures will again be above normal, but are not expected to be quite as warm as Thursday.
Closures: A temporary closure remains from North Decker Creek southeast to Nieland Creek including Forest Service Roads 980 and 982.