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Wild Cow Fire

Unit Information

Grand Junction Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
2815 H Road Grand Junction Colorado 81506

BLM Shield

This incident is no longer being updated.

June 28, 2021

This is the final update for the Wild Cow Fire.  

The Wild Cow Fire was reported on June 21. The fire is in Garfield County, on BLM land, about 33 miles north of Mack, CO. The Wild Cow Fire is being managed by the Upper Colorado River Type 3 Team.

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.

There are no road closures or evacuations for this fire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning Suspected
Date of OriginMonday June 21st, 2021 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationGarfield County
Incident CommanderRoss Wilmore, Upper Colorado River Type 3 Team
Coordinates39.525 latitude, -108.908 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel75
Size560 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Pinyon, juniper, mountain brush, and timber

Significant Events

Containment is 100% allowing most crews to be released or reassigned to different fires.


Planned Actions

No fire spread is expected outside the current perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

Moisture will begin increasing from the south bringing a chance for scattered showers and storms on Tuesday afternoon, along with increased humidity. The storms may bring heavy rain and gusty surface winds.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Tuesday will be warmer, with a 30% chance of precipitation, including thunderstorms.