The Great Basin Incident Management Team Six arrived in Saguache to assume responsibility for the Ox Cart Fire on June 27. Though our team is not from your community you took us in and made us welcome.
It is the nature of a wildland fire incident to be stressful and frightening to those who are impacted by it. Your communities are used to seeing the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains clear and unblemished on the horizon. Wildland fires create scars not only on the mountains but also affect the people who know and love them.
Our objectives when we arrived were clearly written. We were charged to put out the fire and to protect as much of the environment and valued resources as possible in a safe and efficient manner. We have made every effort to achieve those objectives.
As we leave the area we want all of you to know that it has been a heartwarming experience to receive the welcome you gave us, your generous donations, your ongoing concern for our welfare, and your thanks for our efforts.
On behalf of our team and all the personnel who have served on this fire in all capacities, we in turn give you our deepest thanks for giving us you trust and support.