Photo of the Burroughs Fire taken at 3 p.m. today from the Dubois Airport by Michael & Wanda Houck. The fire is burning some 12 miles north of town.
UPDATE at 8:35 p.m. Saturday:
The Burrough Fire now upgraded in size to 1,000 acres as of 8:25 p.m. with extreme fire behavior, including running, torching, crowning with spotting up to 1/2 mile in front of fire. The Wind River Ranger District reported that some resources have been moved due to the extreme fire behavior.
UPDATE at 5 p.m. Saturday:
(Dubois, Wyo.) – The Burrough Fire in the Shoshone National Forest 12 miles north of Dubois has crested the ridgetop and is now burning along and down a ridge toward two ranches, according to County10.com’s June Bonasera, who is near the scene.
As of one hour ago, at 4 p.m., all staff, guests and livestock were evacuated from the Moose Willow and the T-Cross ranches, both of which sit in the path of the fire, which was caused by a lightning strike on Thursday night.
Bonasera also reported that all firefighters had left the valley where the two ranches are located. “As much as can be done to save the T-Cross ranch has been done: trees were cut on the slopes, a treeless perimeter set up and the buildings wetted down,” she said, quoting Gari Neal, former manager of the ranch and the mother of the current ranch manager.
According to Wind River Ranger District Fire Information Officer Carl Jungck, a Type III management team is in place to coordinate the fight against the fire, with an Incident Command Post set up at the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department.
According to information that was posted at 4:55 p.m. on inciweb.com, incident objectives are “firefighter and public safety, reduce the threat and minimize damage to private property and structures located within and adjacent to the national forest boundary, and to minimize loss or damage to national forest facilities and developments.”
There are two Type II crews, one Type I crew, five engines, and two type III helicopters on scene. A heavy helicopter, air tankers, and one Type II and one Type I crew were ordered for today.
Fire updates are also posted at inciweb.com here.
For previous County10.com posts on the Burrough Fire, click here.