Medicine Bow National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070
Today, powerful west winds, with gusts to 50 mph, caused extreme fire behavior and drove the fire far to the east. The fire is still actively burning.
No structure damage or losses have been confirmed. However, the fire has impacted the Lake Creek and lower Keystone communities, and firefighters have not yet been able to re-enter those areas to assess conditions.
Due to dangerous wind conditions, aerial firefighting was suspended at 2:00 pm. Ground firefighters continued an aggressive effort to protect structures.
Due to the high winds and wind direction and recommendations from the incident management team, the US Forest Service officials and Albany County government agencies took the following actions late this afternoon:
Expanded Forest Closure
The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests announced a new forest area closure order that significantly expands the closure area to the south and east. For details, see the new Forest Closure Order (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WYMBF/2020-09-17-1921-Savage-Run-Fire/related_files/pict20200825-175313-0.pdf) and the new Forest Closure Area Map (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/WYMBF/2020-09-17-1921-Savage-Run-Fire/related_files/pict20200825-175227-0.pdf)
New pre-evacuation notices
In conjunction with US Forest Service officials, Albany County issued a pre-evacuation notice for private properties within the expanded forest area closure.
New mandatory evacuations
Later in the afternoon, Albany County Emergency Management Agency and Albany County Sheriff's Office announced the following new mandatory evacuations:
The existing mandatory evacuations also remain in effect:
Outlook for this evening
Strong winds will continue to expand the fire through the night, and stronger west-northwest winds are expected tomorrow. Firefighters will continue protecting structures until late tonight.