A Red Flag Warning went into effect for critical fire weather at 10:00 AM (MDT) this morning and will extend until tonight at 9 p.m. (MDT).
The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Wild Rose Fire this morning.
The first priority is public and fire fighter safety while holding the fire from spreading north and east.
Road Closures: Rio Blanco County Road 116 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 113; RBCR 107 closed from Highway 139 to RBCR 116. The closures will be lifted as soon as possible.
Resources on scene: three 20-person hot shot hand crews; one squad smokejumpers; air attack; one helicopter
Location: In the southwest corner of Rio Blanco, west side of Texas Mountain on BLM, seven miles north of Rio Blanco/Garfield line and nine miles east of the Colorado/Utah line
- Size: Approximately 1,065 acres
- Aviation: 5 helicopters available; 2 air tankers as needed with air attack in the air over the fire
Start date and time: June 19, 1:48 p.m.
- Fuel type: pinion and juniper trees
Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management
- Threatened: 40 oil/gas wells, compressor sites
- Cause: Lightning Evacuated: Mountain Home Youth Camp
- Structures threatened: 46 Injuries: 1 cut finger
- Containment: 50%
NOTE: Wild Rose Fire information contact is Bill Kight with the Rocky Mountain IMT. The temporary information number is: 970-948-1894.
Information provided by Wild Rose Fire Information Officer.