Wild Rose Fire Update: #WildRoseFire

Rio Blanco County, CO –Due to the Infrared Flight last night the fire has been better mapped at 1065 acres.  There was no growth of the fire overnight. The three assigned hot shot crews made excellent progress constructing fire line yesterday and the amount of containment at this time stands at 50%.
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

Fire Stats:

  • 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.