SAGUACHE COUNTY — The Ox-Cart Fire is on the ridge between North and South Rock Creeks six miles southeast of Poncha Pass, and has burned 28 acres of Aspen, Douglas Fir and Bristlecone Pine without expected containment, according to a Rio Grande Forest Service press release. There are no structures threatened from the lightning ignited burn. Temporary road closures are in place from North Decker Creek southeast to Nieland Creek including FSR 980 and 982.
Light smoke is visible from U.S. Highway 285. Smoke impacting the northern Valley and north and east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is primarily coming from the West Fork Complex in the San Juan Mountains near South Fork.
There has been very little fire expansion in the last two red flag days.
The Rio Grande National Forest plans to follow Wilderness management objectives by allowing the Ox Cart Fire play its natural role on the landscape. A management plan is in place to suppress parts or all of the fire if necessary to prevent it from threatening or damaging private property or other resource values.
The Trickle Mountain Fire , reported on June 20, burns on the northwest side of Trickle Mountain, 14 miles northwest of Saguache, according to the press release. It is 277 acres in size, fueled by Ponderosa Pine and should be at 85 percent full containment tomorrow, June 23.
No structures are threatened and the only road closure is BLM Road 5525.
One type two-hand crew comprised of 20 fire fighters is battling the blaze sending off smoke visible from Highway 114. Drift smoke may be visible in Saguache Creek valley and the town of Saguache.
The suppression efforts continue to go well, according to the press release, and the fire is held in a large island of timber surrounded by meadows holding the line.