Britania Mountain Fire grows to over 27,000 acres

The fire is 8 miles northwest of Wheatland, Wyoming

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Britania Mountain Fire. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 1:54 a.m. MDT September 1, 2018. The red shaded areas were areas of intense heat detected by a fixed wing aircraft overnight, exact time unknown. The red line was the perimeter at the time of the fixed wing flight. Click to enlarge.

(Originally published at 7:34 a.m. MDT September 1, 2018)

The Britania Fire continues to spread on the west and southwest sides near the peak of Britania Mountain and areas south and southeast of the peak. The Incident Management team reports that it has burned 27,200 acres.

On Thursday firefighters were successful in constructing fireline to gain additional containment on the north side of the fire. On the eastern edge of the fire, crews mopped up and patrolled established containment line constructed over prior shifts.

(To see all of the articles on Wildfire Today about the Britania Mountain Fire, including the most recent, click HERE.)

The southeastern corner of the fire increased containment as crews were successful in constructing direct fireline in the lighter fuels as well as using roads as indirect firelines to conduct firing operations along Palmer Canyon Road. Firefighters used both fixed wing air resources and helicopters to support ground personnel in these efforts. On the southwest corner of the fire, crews identified roads that may be utilized as indirect firelines and began prepping those areas to conduct continued firing operations.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.