Keystone FIre Update 7/20/2017
The Type 2 Blue Team made good progress on the Keystone Fire over the past two weeks, and the Type 3 Team has picked up where they left off. The increase in percentage of containment to 75% is a... more
The Keystone Fire was detected on July 3, 1.5 miles southwest of the Rob Roy Reservoir or 7 miles west of Albany, Wyoming 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 has implemented 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 is also evacuated.
On July 4th, as complexity of the fire grew, Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Type II Blue Team, Jay Esperance Incident Commander assumed command of the fire.
The Medicine Bow National Forest enacted an area closure around the fire perimeter. Other parts of the forest remain open, check the closure order before you travel to this area.
This is a full suppression fire, focusing first on firefighter and public safety. The firefighters will be 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||John Markalunas Type 3 Team|
|Incident Description||South Of Keystone Reservoir|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||75%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday July 31st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber litter and understory. Medium logging slash/bug-kill lodgepole pine
Moderate fire behavior; isolated torching, creeping, smoldering.
Divisions A and E: Hold and patrol constructed fireline.
Contingency Group: Continue fuelbreak along Roads 500 and 507.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Greatest potential for fire spread is to the south.
60 acres of the fire are on Albany County (WY-ALX) and 2245 acres are on the Medicine Bow National Forest (WY-MBF)
Lightning and gusty downdrafts from thunder cells.