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Ox Cart Fire still burning

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 25th, 2013

Ten Smoke Jumpers who arrived Thursday evening to fight the Sheep Creek Fire in Saguache County leave on Saturday afternoon from the Saguache Airport.  They returned to base camp in Canon City for their next assignment. Photo courtesy of Jackie Stephens

SAGUACHE COUNTY — Officials were unable to estimate the size of the uncontained Ox Cart Fire burning six miles southeast of Poncha Pass, according to a Rio Grande National Park press release on Monday.

The fire is seeing increased activity in South Rock Creek, according to the press release. Firefighters are watching for spot fires on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There has been no confirmation of spot fires on the east side. Smoke is clearly visible from both sides of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

An estimated acreage update is scheduled for tomorrow. The fire continues to burn aspen, Douglas fir, bristlecone pine in addition to Engelmann spruce and is considered active with tree torching. No structures are threatened.

Crews include hotshots, hand crew and helicopters, according to the press release. More resources are available if needed.

The Ox Cart Fire is being managed in accordance with a strategic fire plan based on wilderness management objectives. The construction of fire line on the north edge of the fire will continue and is consistent with this strategic plan.

The Trickle Mountain and Sheep Creek fires remain under control, but continue to burn.

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