Ox Cart Fire Update - June 29, 2013
Incident: Ox Cart Wildfire
Ox Cart Fire Update
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Contact Fire Information: 208-741-9262
Beginning Sunday June 30 Contact: Mike Blakeman, 719-852-6212 or 719-850-2360
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.
Current Situation: Two days of greatly decreased fire behavior thanks to increased cloud cover, calmer winds, and higher humidity have provided firefighters with the conditions they needed to construct firm containment lines around 80% of the fire and to mitigate the danger from two spot fires which crossed over the Rio Grande Forest boundary high on the slopes of the Sangre de Christo mountains into the Salida District of the San Isabel National Forest. The Great Basin Type 2 Team (Team 6) will turn the fire over to a Type 4 team on Sunday morning June 30. That team will lead fire crews in completing containment lines and monitoring the spot fires. Although the fire is 80% contained, smoke may continue to be visible from time to time due to pockets of burning fuels inside the containment lines.
Weather: A pattern of cooler and wetter weather continues today and will continue into early next week. These storms will have the potential to produce more rain than recent storms. Some stronger storms could produce 25 mph wind gusts and between two and three tenths of an inch of rain.
Closures: A temporary closure remains from North Decker Creek southeast to Nieland Creek including Forest Service Roads 980 and 982.