Medicine Bow National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070
A transfer of command from Paul Varnedoe’s Type 3 incident management team (IMT) will occur at 6:00 A.M. on Friday October 30. A Type 4 IMT led by Incident Commander (IC) Nick Collard will assume all management responsibilities for the incident.
Nick works in fire management on the North Zone of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, as does the Operations Section Chief Brandon Selk. Members of the Type 4 team worked with the outgoing Type 3 team to ensure a smooth transition. Although fire growth is not expected, the team has local MBR fire engines available to suppress any hot spots that could pose a threat to surrounding areas.
As weather conditions allow, the team’s primary operational objective is to coordinate suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) planning. This is being accomplished by Resource Advisors who are knowledgeable of the various types of forest natural resources. This work will mitigate and minimize damage caused by suppression activities.
It is not unusual for Southeast Wyoming and Northwest Colorado to have an extended period of dry fall weather. The area has been locked in a stubborn drought since springtime and currently is experiencing a warming and drying trend. Despite the recent snowfall, even fire managers who have worked in the Snowy Range for several years are unsure when to expect the end of the 2020 fire season.
As fire personnel continue working within the fire area, residents and visitors are reminded that a forest area closure remains in effect (please see Special Order 2020-302 at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbr/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5139680&width=full).
Although last week’s snowfall has helped minimize fire activity, smokes and occasional flare-ups can be expected for the foreseeable future.