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Britania Mountain Fire

Unit Information

Albany County
Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82070

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This map shows the updated fire perimeter and evacuation for the Britania Moutnain Fire for September - 7Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Britania Mountain Fire is currently 32,089 acres and the fire is 95% contained. On Thursday, containment gains were made in Division Z on the southwest corner of the fire. Crews working along Palmer Canyon Road began chipping green vegetation that was cut to construct control lines. Chipping operations started on the east end of the road in Platte County and have progressed west into Albany County. Firefighters mopped up and extinguished hot spots on Division W adding more depth to control lines. On cold sections of the fire, crews removed hose, portable water tanks, and other firefighting equipment to be returned to supply caches for refurbishing. Divisions A and M were put into patrol status and monitored by engine crews.

Today, mop up efforts will be focused on the western side of the fire in Division W. Chipping operations will extend west along Palmer Canyon Road. While chipping operations are occurring the road will remain closed for firefighter and public safety. Area residents can expect to see smoke from the fire as interior pockets of vegetation burnout. This activity poses no threat to containment lines and is expected to continue until significant precipitation occurs over the fire area.

As containment objectives are achieved excess firefighting personnel are being reassigned to other incidents or returning to their home units. This trend will continue in order to right-size the organization with the values at risk.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday August 26th, 2018 approx. 06:45 AM
LocationApproximately 6 miles west of Wheatland, WY
Incident CommanderDick Terry
Coordinates42.115 latitude, -105.366 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel167
Size32,089 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping, smoldering. Interior fuels continue to burn.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Hold and improve existing control features to prevent fire spread. Continue infrastructure assessment and evaluation. Continue suppression repair action where required.

Projected Incident Activity

Interior islands will continue to burn out and produce smoke. Heavy fuels and stumps will continue to burn and smolder along containment lines.

Remarks

Incident acreage determined from 9/3 (2315) IR flight and GIS analysis.

Incident Ownership in acres: State: 1,916; BLM: 701, US Forest Service: 2,082; Private(Albany Co): 13,674; (Platte Co): 13,716

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather conditions will remain dry through the spot forecast period with mostly clear skies tonight. There is a chance of fog development east of Interstate 25 overnight but expecting any fog or cloud cover to remain east of the fire. Winds will generally be out of the south becoming a bit calmer after sundown. Humidity values on Saturday will dip into the upper teens with gusts in the lower teens. Concern in the extended, past this forecast period is for stronger winds gusting into the low to mid 20's and relative humidity values reaching into the mid to low teens.