According to the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1, firefighting efforts were successful yesterday resulting in increased fire containment to 20% and fire growth of approximately 200 acres.
Favorable conditions augmented with air resources resulted in moderated fire behavior for much of the day, allowing crews to work directly on fire edges. A several acre spot fire was detected in Division A and firefighters worked to contain it. Other divisions had pockets of heat and unburned fuels near the line, which were a focus for resources across the divisions. Last night, these areas continued to be prioritized with firefighters working to remove vegetation and extinguish heat sources.
On Thursday, actions were similar to yesterday as firefighters built and secured firelines. Conditions are expected to once again be favorable for both helicopter support and fireline construction. Where needed, firefighters will burn out pockets of fuel to remove fuels and strengthen lines. In areas where the fire is contained, patrol and mop-up will be ongoing.
On Wednesday, fire managers assessed structures and worked to develop a defensible protection plan should conditions change and fire activity increase. This work will be ongoing as needed.
About 20 homes have had to evacuate as the residences south of Canyon Springs Road to the south end of the fire and east of Wyoming Highway 585 remain under evacuation.
Wildfires are a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones. If you fly, emergency crews can’t.
Incident Commander Dan Dallas asks that the public exercise caution while driving on Highway 585. Although Highway 585 remains open, drivers should be aware of possible heavy smoke and of firefighters working in the area. Please slow down for the safety of the firefighters and yourself.