(The Burroughs Fire as of Saturday evening. June Bonasera photo)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Structure protection is the continued focus of fire management tactics today, as the Burroughs Fire is within ½ – ¾ mile of structures of the T-Cross and Moose Willow Ranches, U.S. Forest Service personnel reported Sunday afternoon.
No change in the size of the fire was reported. A public meeting will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department. Fire officials will give a briefing on status of the fire and future fire management actions.
Structures at the ranches remained unscathed as of about 2 p.m. According to a report on Inciweb.gov, structures will continue to be prepped to withstand the passage of fire and will continue to be pre-treated using sprinklers. Structure protection will also focus on keeping fire west of private property in the Horse Creek drainage and north of Forest Service Road (FSR) 285. There are four residences with another 20 structures or other facilities threatened from the fire.
T-Cross and Moose Willow Ranches are under mandatory evacuation, as are the Horse Creek and Double Cabin campgrounds.
The plan of attack is for ground crews to use a combination of direct and indirect attack to best meet incident objectives, which 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 minimize loss or damage to national forest facilities and developments.
Specific objectives are to check fire spread to the south down Burroughs Creek and along the Burroughs Creek Loop Road (FSR 510). Potential burnout operations along the Parque Creek Road (FSR 504) will be evaluated. Management strategy is to keep fire west of Forest Service Road 507 and north of Forest Service Road 285.
Helicopters were planned to be utilized, air tankers were not. There are two Type II crews, two Type I crews, eight engines, and two type III, one type II, and one type I helicopters on scene.