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Drier Weather May Result in an Increase of Smoke
News - 07/31/2022
Current Situation: As a drier weather pattern moves into the area, there may be an increase in smoke over the Sugarloaf Fire. Lighter fuels, such as grasses, will begin to dry out after several days of rain and higher humidity levels allowing them to burn more readily. Fire behavior is expected to remain minimal with creeping and smoldering in heavier fuels such as logs and stumps. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are still possible. The fire is 516-acres with 0% containment.
With little heat remaining on the north edge of the fire, crews will begins focusing on completing indirect line along the south end of the fire. As bulldozers continue improving the existing two-track road that extends from the east side of the fire to the south, handcrews will be working behind them, improving the completed line. Improving the line involves using chainsaw and hand tools to remove smaller vegetations on the sides of the bulldozer line to reduce the amount of available fuel should the fire reach the line. It also allows firefighters to introduce lower intensity ground fire ahead of the main fire during firing operations, if they are needed and when conditions allow.
Crews that have been working along Cow Creek, on the west side of the fire, will be constructing handline from the south end of the creek towards the east. This line will meet the bulldozer line to form a continuous, indirect containment line across the south end of the fire.
While improvements in the Cow Creek drainage and construction of direct handline along the north edge of the fire have been completed, firefighters will continue to patrol those areas to ensure no new areas of heat develop.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Drier conditions will be moving into the area over the next 24 hours, with afternoon showers and thunderstorms becoming more isolated. Brief, heavy rain, hail, gusty outflow winds to 40 m.p.h. and dangerous cloud to ground lightning will remain a threat from any thunderstorms that pass over or near the fire. Temperatures will be warming by 2 to 4 degrees a day through Monday with humidity levels dropping below 20 percent Monday.
Evacuations: An evacuation notice is in place for Bear Creek Road between the Garrett intersection and Friend Park. Pre-evacuation for Friend Park, and Fetterman to Garrett Ranch. The American Red Cross shelter in Rock River has been closed. If you are evacuating the Sugarloaf Fire area and need assistance with temporary housing, please contact Albany County Emergency Management at (307) 721-1815 or (307) 721-1896.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Thunder Basin National Grassland https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1045796.pdf
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A TFR is in place over the fire area. This restricts aircraft, including drones, from entering the area without permission. Please remember; If you fly, we can’t!
For More Information:
Fire Info Line: (307) 314-2244
Location: 7 miles SW of Laramie Peak, Albany County, WY.
Sugarloaf Fire Statistics:
Total Personnel: 360