Britania Mountain Fire Update
September 6, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
Wyoming State Type 3 Incident Management Team
Dick Terry, Incident Commander
Public Information Line: (307) 228-4772 / Media Information Line: (307) 228-4708
Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Control Lines Strengthen on Britania Mountain Fire
Current Situation: The Britania Mountain Fire remains 32,089 acres and the fire is 89% contained. Due to low cloud cover and heavy fog, higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures, the fire was not active yesterday. This allowed firefighters to strengthen control lines and mop up interior heat on the western and southwest flanks of the fire. Mop up consists of extinguishing or removing burning material near control lines, or felling fire weakened trees to prevent the threat of fire spread. Containment is achieved when a control line has been completed around a fire, and any associated spot fires, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread. The northern and eastern flanks were put into patrol status and monitored by engine crews.
Today, engines and hand crews will continue mop up of the western and southwest flanks to the degree necessary to keep the fire within the established perimeter. Structure protection will remain in place for residences north of Palmer Canyon Road in Albany County. Crews will continue rehabilitation of bulldozer and hand lines and begin to pull hose lays off cold sections of the fire. Along Palmer Canyon Road, crews will begin to chip and scatter green vegetation that was cut to construct control lines along the roadway. Engine crews will patrol and monitor the northern and eastern flanks of the fire.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Thursday’s weather will be similar to the previous day with slightly warmer temperatures and there is a chance for afternoon and evening showers. An isolated afternoon thunderstorm is possible. Fire Weather concerns are low for much of the period as a cool and moist airmass lingers over southeastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. Relative humidity levels will remain above 30% with excellent recoveries overnight exceeding 90%. Winds are expected to be 5-15 mph out of the southeast with gusts to 25 mph on ridgetops. Today’s conditions should aid firefighters, as fire behavior is expected to be minimal within the containment lines.
Evacuations and Closures: Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for residences north of Palmer Canyon Road in Platte County west of the Laramie River to the Albany County line. Evacuations are also in place for Albany County residents from the Platte County line to Cottonwood Road. Palmer Canyon Road remains closed in the fire area in both Platte County and Albany County.
To sign up for emergency alerts, residents of Platte County can visit https://bit.ly/2Lyewed; Albany County residents can visit https://bit.ly/2wx8wwO to sign up. Evacuees and property owners affected by the fire in Platte County should email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information including name, address, email, and phone number. Evacuees and property owners affected by the fire in Albany County should email email@example.com with the same information. This contact information will be used by the respective emergency management agency to provide recovery information to homeowners.
Fire Restrictions: Fire restrictions are in effect in Platte County. Details on those restrictions can be found at https://bit.ly/2wu4Psl or all (307) 331-8521. Additionally, all BLM administered lands within Platte County are also under partial fire restrictions, for more info on BLM fire restrictions in Wyoming go to https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/wyoming/fire. There are no fire restrictions in effect for Albany County.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Britania Mountain Fire remains in effect around the entire fire area, including restrictions on unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
Britania Mountain Fire Statistics:
Size: 32,089 acres
Total Personnel: 265
Location: Approximately 6 miles west of Wheatland, WY
For More Information:
Fire Information Line: (307) 228-4772
Media Information Line: (307) 228-4708