Ox Cart Fire Burned 40% of the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
Mentor, MN — A little more than a week after the Ox Cart Fire near Mentor began, fire crews are still on scene trying to control hot spots and secure the area. Of the nearly 13,000 acres that were burnt, roughly 10,500 of those, or 80%, was on the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. That’s nearly half of the entire 23,000-acre refuge, which consisted mostly of grassland. Glacial Ridge Refuge Manager Gregg Knutsen says they lost some minor structures and fence posts, but the wildlife and habitat is pretty resilient and will bounce back.
Knutsen notes that the fire is still considered 95% contained, and fire fighters will remain on site for the time being until it is completely out.
And Knutsen says the Ox Car Fire, which gets its name from the historic ox car trail that went that part of the refuge, is a prime example of just how quickly a fire can get out of hand if conditions are right. He asks everyone to be extremely cautious until conditions improve in the area.