Fire danger remains high across the Western Slope with Stage One Fire alerts in all federally managed public lands areas and multiple counties. National Forest Public Information Officer Leanne Loupe says conditions in the forests are tinder dry and that’s it’s more important than ever for recreationists, including: campers, hikers, ATV operators, target shooters and others to be especially conscientious while enjoying outdoor activities.
This weekend is projected to be one of the busiest weekends on public land in the Western Slope of the summer. Campers are reminded that campfires are allowed only in grated fire rings in established campgrounds. A camp fire permit is not required.
Full containment the Ox-Cart Fire in the Rio Grande National Forest is imminent. The lightning triggered blaze has been burning in the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness for about a month. The fire is not currently threatening any structures and there have been no injuries. Smoke has been a factor for residents of the San Luis Valley and homeowners on the south side of Poncha Pass. The fire originated between North and South Rock Creeks about 6-miles from the pass. The area is popular with hunters and off-road enthusiasts.