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Ox Cart Fire spawns spot fires on Tuesday

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 26th, 2013

Photo shows the 1-2-acre spot fire. Photo courtesy of Mike Blakeman

SAGUACHE The Ox-Cart Fire, caused by lightning on June 6, spread very little on Tuesday. The fire, six miles southeast of Poncha Pass, is at 1,151 acres.

Three spot fires, which were started from embers from the main fire, were detected high up on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Two did not grow and were not putting up smoke. The third spot fire is 1 to 2 acres in size located in brush at 12,000 feet in elevation. There was low fire activity on the spot fire.

Helicopters were unable to fly today due to wind. Fire crews are watching the situation from the Howard area. Suppression plans are being developed for the spot fire.

A Type 2 Incident Command Team was ordered on Tuesday: 320-person hotshot crews; 220-person Type 2 hand crews; 2 Type 6 engines; 1 - Type 3, 1- Type 2 helicopters; more firefighter crews and aviation available if needed.

The Ox Cart Fire and spot fire are not threatening any structures. Temporary closures include Forest Service Roads 980 and 982 from North Decker Creek southeast to Nieland Creek.

Smoke may be visible from both sides of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Expect active fire behavior during the afternoons.

The Ox Cart Fire is being managed in accordance with a strategic fire plan based on wilderness management objectives. Fire line is being constructed to confine the fire on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Full suppression tactics will be used on the east side of the mountains.

See http://www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande or call Rio Grande National Forest, 852-6212.

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