The Keystone Fire was detected on July 3, 1.5 miles southwest of Rob Roy Reservoir or 7 miles west of Albany, Wyo. in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Snowy Range/Laramie Ranger District. It quickly grew in dense beetle infested timber threatening multiple communities, campers and campgrounds. Albany County Sheriff requested evacuations for the communities of Keystone, Rambler, Lake Creek and Moores Gulch, and all dispersed campers near Rob Roy, Cinnabar Park, and Bobbie Thomson. The USFS Rob Roy Campground was also evacuated.
On July 4, as complexity of the fire grew, Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Type II Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander assumed command of the fire until end of shift on July 18. At that time, a Type III Incident Management Team, John Markalunas Incident Commander, assumed command of the fire. Management of the fire went back to the local USFS unit on July 31 as a Type IV incident, and then down-graded to Type V on Aug. 4. 100% containment was announced on Aug. 12. The Keystone Fire was declared controlled and out on Oct. 9 following multiple snow events.
Still in place from the Medicine Bow National Forest are road closures within the fire perimeter for Forest Roads 562 and 586. All main roads in the area are open. All campgrounds and dispersed areas are open.
This was a full suppression fire, focusing first on firefighter and public safety. Firefighters were dispatched where there is a high probability of success. Other objectives are protecting and defending the structures in the fire area; and protecting the Cheyenne Wyoming’s water supply.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 03rd, 2017 approx. 02:00 PM|
|Location||7 Miles West of Albany, Wy|
|Incident Commander||USFS Type 5 - Cody Tully|
|Incident Description||South Of Rob Roy Reservoir|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Timber litter and understory. Medium logging slash/bug-kill lodgepole pine.
Minimal fire behavior with smoldering & creeping. Single tree torching in the interior.
Hold and patrol constructed fireline.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Minimal fire behavior with single tree torching.
65 acres of the fire are on Albany County (WY-ALX) and 2455 acres are on the Medicine Bow National Forest (WY-MBF)