The Burroughs Fire came this close to the Moose Willow Ranch. Structure and private property protection remains a focus of the effort to contain the fire, which is still burning 12 miles north of Dubois. (USFS photo)
(Dubois, Wyo. ) – Recent moisture and cooler temperatures have slowed the fire’s progression on the Burroughs Fire, but it is not out. There is still significant heat in areas of the fire. “As fuels dry out and the weather pattern changes back to dryer and windier conditions you may see smoke coming from the fire area again,” said Wind River Ranger District Fire Information Officer Carl Jungck in Dubois. The fire peremiter is pegged at 1,794 acres and the blaze is 14 percent contained. There are 122 firefighting personnel on scene at the fire.
The original objectives for engaging this fire have not changed, Jungck said in an emailed update to County10.com; firefighter and the public safety remains the number one priority. “Next is to reduce the threat and minimize damage to property and structures and to Forest Service developments. Hazards associated with fighting wildland fire are not always associated with flames. Fire management officers are cognizant of firefighter fatigue associated with a busy fire season as firefighters have been on assignments throughout the summer. Environmental factors like steep terrain, dead down timber, and road conditions in the fire area are a few of the other considerations taken into account to minimize hazards to the firefighter,” he said.
Fire and forest managers are looking at short and long term fire weather forecasts in order to make plans for the near future. Local residents have seen large fire growth in the month of September from recent local wildland fires, including Norton Point Fire (Shoshone National Forest, 2011) and the Alpine Lakes Fire (Wind River Indian Reservation,2012). Long term fire planners have input historical weather date, fire history, and current fuel conditions into a computer modeling system to help managers set up long term plans to manage the Burroughs Fire.
The outlook for September is for dry conditions and temperatures to be a little higher than normal. Future moisture over a longer period of time associated with cooler temperature may slow the fire growth but until that time the fire has the potential to grow during windy or dry periods.
• FS Road #285 (Double Cabin Rd) and FS Road #511 (Brent Creek Rd) are open to traffic with the following restrictions being enforced: Both roads will be closed to all traffic from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily; this will allow for safe passage of fire traffic and personnel.
• No stopping or camping will be allowed in the Burroughs Fire closure area.