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Ryan Fire

Unit Information

Routt National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

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Area closure rescinded for Ryan Fire;

Ryan Fire updates

October 18, 2018 As of Thursday, Oct. 18, the Ryan Fire area closure has been lifted. The public may access and use the fire area, however, the fire may still be smoldering. It is not expected to be declared controlled until there is a season-ending snow event. Season-ending can be defined as significant snow expected to remain on the ground for the season.

Caution is urged in burned areas, as trees may have been weakened by the fire and could easily fall. The burn area will have many ‘snags,’ or standing dead trees that are fire weakened and highly unstable, especially in high winds.

Forest staff will continue to monitor the fire area as it remains in patrol status.

Despite snow at higher elevations and cooler overall temperatures, National Forest visitors and particularly hunters, are advised to use caution when building and maintaining campfires.

Always make sure that campfires are thoroughly extinguished before leaving a fire unattended. This is effectively done by stirring coals and other burned materials with water until cool. Even if your fire is a relatively small warming fire, the fire should be dead out before you leave the site.

As dictated by changing conditions and fire behavior, fire information and updates will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service on Twitter and on InciWeb. Facebook pages for both fires will no longer be updated.

Twitter: @FS_MBRTB

Ryan Fire - 28,585 acres and 70 percent contained
Ryan Fire InciWeb:

Ryan Fire Information

  • Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, Wyo., (307) 326-5258
  • Parks Ranger District, 100 Main St., Walden, Colo., (970) 723-2700

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 15th, 2018 approx. 07:36 PM
Location27 miles NW Walden, CO
Incident CommanderSam Valdez, ICT4
Coordinates40.978 latitude, -106.747 longitude

Current Situation

Size28,585 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber Fuel Model. Beetle-killed lodgepole pine and spruce/fir. Pine contains 40-50% dead standing and abundant down timber available to support surface to crown fires. Fire has transitioned into sagebrush/grass fuel type on east side of fire. ERCs are near the 97 percentile.

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor and patrol direct/indirect line.

Projected Incident Activity

Expect minimal fire behavior with the increase in winter weather conditions.


The fire transitioned back to a local, T4 IC on October 9 at 1700.

Ownership Breakdown:

Colorado USFS: 3,020 ac

Colorado BLM: 247 ac

Colorado Private: 8 ac

Wyoming USFS: 22,639 ac

Wyoming BLM: 774 ac

Wyoming State: 35 ac

Wyoming Private: 1,862 ac

8 ACRES on Jackson County (CO-JCX)

247 ACRES on Little Snake Field Office (CO-LSD)

1862 ACRES on Carbon County (WY-CAX)

35 ACRES on Wyoming State Forestry (CPC Area) (WY-CPS)

25659 ACRES on Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests Thunder Basin National Grassland (WY-MRF)

774 ACRES on Rawlins Field Office (WY-RAD)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire has received over 6 inches of snow during the last week.

Drying trend anticipated into next week