The Burroughs Fire Is Not Out Or Over.
Incident: Burroughs Wildfire
The Burroughs fire is not out or over.
Dubois, Wyo. (September 5, 2013) – Recent moisture and cooler temperatures have slowed the fire’s progression on the Burroughs Fire, but it is not out. There is still significant heat in areas of the fire. As fuels dry out and the weather pattern changes back to dryer and windier conditions you may see smoke coming from the fire area again.
The original objectives for engaging this fire have not changed; firefighter and the public safety remains the number one priority. Next is to reduce the threat and minimize damage to property and structures and to Forest Service developments. Hazards associated with fighting wildland fire are not always associated with flames. Fire management officers are cognizant of firefighter fatigue associated with a busy fire season as firefighters have been on assignments throughout the summer. Environmental factors like steep terrain, dead down timber, and road conditions in the fire area are a few of the other considerations taken into account to minimize hazards to the firefighter.
Fire and forest managers are looking at short and long term fire weather forecasts in order to make plans for the near future. Local residents have seen large fire growth in the month of September from recent local wildland fires, including Norton Point Fire (Shoshone National Forest, 2011) and the Alpine Lakes Fire (Wind River Indian Reservation,2012). Long term fire planners have input historical weather date, fire history, and current fuel conditions into a computer modeling system to help managers set up long term plans to manage the Burroughs Fire.
The outlook for September is for dry conditions and temperatures to be a little higher than normal. Future moisture over a longer period of time associated with cooler temperature may slow the fire growth but until that time the fire has the potential to grow during windy or dry periods.
FS Road #285 (Double Cabin Rd) and FS Road #511 (Brent Creek Rd) are open to traffic with the following restrictions being enforced:
Both roads will be closed to all traffic from 6:00am to 8:00am and 8:00pm to 10:00pm daily; this will allow for safe passage of fire traffic and personnel.
No stopping or camping will be allowed in the Burroughs Fire closure area.
Fire conditions can change quickly, so possible evacuations and closures could occur with short notice. This may mean that travelers may have to remain in place if the roads are impacted by fire.