BLM Colorado Fire: Wild Cow Fire near Baxter Pass

Map of wildfires in Garfield County

UPDATE
6-28-21, 5:49 pm


Garfield County, Colo. – Crews on the Wild Cow Fire have brought the 560-acre fire to 100% containment as of this evening.  

The Wild Cow Fire is burning about 33 miles north of Mack, CO on BLM land. Many of the crews have been reassigned to other fires burning in the area that need resources, though an engine and crew, a fuels module, and a Type 2 helicopter will stay with this fire.

“This was definitely a team effort, “ said Incident Commander Ross Wilmore. “When we began managing this fire, it was a challenging fire due to the terrain and the weather conditions. We received a lot of support from regional fire managers, which allowed us to catch the fire and keep it from growing any larger.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but lightning is suspected. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is returning the management of the fire to local fire management staff on Wednesday, June 30.

This will be the last update on this fire unless the situation changes.

UPDATE
6-27-21, 5:30 pm

Garfield County, Colo. – Due to line work by firefighters and continued moderate temperatures and higher humidity, containment on the Wild Cow Fire has increased to 73%. A direct perimeter strategy has held the fire, located about 33 miles north of Mack, CO, at 560 acres.

Crew continued work to safely contain the head of the fire. Firefighters continued to concentrate their efforts on cutting fuels to create new containment lines, prep a contingency line, strengthening the established fire line, and protect structures in the area. A Type 2 helicopter is also on scene serving as a water bucket and medivac aircraft.   Because of increased containment, some of the resources on this fire will begin to be reallocated to other wildfires in the region starting Monday.

“We are making good progress containing this fire,” said Incident Commander Ross Wilmore. “With the hard work of our crews on scene, we anticipate full containment in the next few days.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but lightning is suspected. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the suppression of this fire. Expected increased traffic from fire engines and personnel in the Fruita and Loma area.

For fire updates visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7575/

For more information about wildfire smoke visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

UPDATE
6-26-21, 6:30 pm

Garfield County, Colo. – Continued favorable weather and work by firefighters has helped increase containment  of the Wild Cow Fire to 57%. Suppression actions have continued to hold the fire, located about 33 miles north of Mack, CO, at 560 acres.

Engine crews, smoke jumpers, hotshots, a Forest Service fuels module (a crew specifically focused on fuels reduction), and contract hand crews continued work to safely contain the head of the fire. Firefighters have continued to concentrate their efforts on cutting fuels to create new containment lines, prep a contingency line, strengthening the established fire line, and protect structures in the area. A Type 2 helicopter is also on scene serving as a water bucket and medivac aircraft.

“We are focusing on a direct perimeter strategy to fight this wildland fire,” said Incident Commander Ross Wilmore. “With the lack of rain on the fire today, and fuels drying out again, we believe this is the best strategy at this time.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but lightning is suspected. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the suppression of this fire. Expected increased traffic from fire engines and personnel in the Fruita and Loma area.

For fire updates visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7575/

For more information about wildfire smoke visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

UPDATE
6-26-21, 5:45 pm

Garfield County, Colo. — Favorable weather has helped crews contain 52% of the Wild Cow Fire perimeter. Suppression actions, assisted by high humidity, cloud cover, and rain showers, held the fire, located about 33 miles north of Mack, CO, at 560 acres.

 Today, engine crews, smoke jumpers, hotshots, and contract hand crews are cutting fuels to create new fire line, strengthen the established fire line, prepare a contingency line, and protect structures in the area. A Type 2 helicopter is also on scene serving as a water bucket and medivac aircraft.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but lightning is suspected. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) is managing the suppression of this fire. Expect increased traffic from fire engines and personnel in the Fruita and Loma areas. Highway 139 is closed to the public, and is expected to stay closed through at least Saturday, due to the Oil Springs fire in Rio Blanco County, Colo. 

For fire updates visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7575/ For more information about wildfire smoke, visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires.

UPDATE
6-23-21, 4:30 pm
Garfield County, Colo. — Today, firefighters are working to create a perimeter around the fire using Large Air Tankers (LATs) and a Very Large Airtanker (VLAT). Engine crews, smoke jumpers, and a hotshot crew are cutting fuels to strengthen current fire lines as well as protect structures in the area.

The fire is currently estimated at 553 acres with moderate fire activity due to cloud cover and higher humidity. Currently there is no estimated time for fire containment and the cause of the fire remains under investigation; however, lightning is suspected. The Upper Colorado River Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) will assume command of the fire tonight (6/23) at 6:30 p.m. Be aware that fire engine and fire personnel traffic in the Fruita and Loma area, as well as on Highway 139, will be increased.

Also, be advised that Highway 139 is closed to the public due to the Oil Springs fire in Rio Blanco County, Colo. For fire updates visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7575/ For more information about wildfire smoke visit https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires.

UPDATE
6-22-21, 2:29 pm
#WildCowFire Update as of 3 pm June 22: Wild Cow fire located to the south of Baxter Pass in Garfield County is estimated at 248 acres with high fire activity. Active suppression operations are occurring with current resources and extra air tankers. The UCR Type 3 Team has been ordered and are expected to transition tonight. #FireYear2021 #UCRFire

UPDATE 11:01 am
#BrushCreekFire #WildCowFire Update to show estimated location: north of Grand Junction off of HWY 139. #FireYear2021 #UCRFire

UPDATE 10:37 am

#WildCowFire Update as of 11 am June 22: The fire has grown to an estimated 90 acres with active fire behavior. Ground resources and aircraft are working to establish line around the fire; a Type 1 helicopter and two Type 2 IA crews have been ordered. #FireYear2021 #UCRFire


Bureau of Land Management

#WildCowFire located near Baxter Pass in Garfield County is burning in pinyon and juniper, and estimated at 20 acres. Engine crews, BLM smoke jumpers and a heavy air tanker are working to contain the fire.

BLM Colorado Fire: Wild Cow Fire near Baxter Pass