Ox Cart Fire Now 40% Contained

Ox Cart Fire Now 40% Contained

March 31, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Mentor, MN — The Mentor area wildfire, now being dubbed as the Ox Cart Fire, is now 40% contained, according to Leanne Langeberg of the Minnesota Incident Command System, and there is no new reported fire growth. More favorable conditions these past couple days has allowed fire crews to play catch up and get ahead of the fire. Overall, just under 13,000 acres have been burned. The fire came within a mile and half of the city of Mentor. Langeberg says the goal now for fire crews is to continue to put out hot spots and secure the perimeter to prevent the fire from spreading any further before conditions deteriorate later in the week.   

The Oxcart Fire is one of the largest wildfires in the state in nearly a decade. Langeberg says the dry conditions, abundant grassland, and strong winds allowed the fire to spread rapidly on Monday night.

More than a dozen agencies responded to the OxCart fire. Langeberg credits those crews, as well the preventative measures that had already taken place, for preventing the fire from getting even more out of control.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have been “human caused,” according to Langeberg.