PONCHA PASS, Colo. – A 2-acre lightning-caused fire that was reported on Saturday is burning on the Rio Grande National Forest east of Poncha Pass. Firefighters from the San Luis Valley Interagency Wildland Fire Management Unit are on the scene.

The Ox Cart Fire is burning in a mixed conifer forest with some individual tree torching occurring. Smoke from the fire is clearly visible from U.S. Highway 285.

Firefighters were able to fully contain the 2-acre Squirrel Fire burning northwest of Bonanza on Saturday. Fire patrols will continue to monitor the burned area for several days.

The public is reminded that conditions are dry and fire danger is very high. Individuals are requested to report smoke on public lands to Pueblo Dispatch at 719-553-1600 or by calling 911.