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.




Britania Mountain Fire spreads south toward Palmer Cyn. Road

The fire has burned 24,105 acres west of Wheatland, Wyoming

Map of the Britania Mountain Fire
Map of the Britania Mountain Fire as of 6:30 p.m. MDT August 29, 2018. Map produced by Incident Management Team. Click to enlarge.

The 24,105-acre Britania Mountain Fire 8 miles west of Wheatland, Wyoming was active Wednesday, influenced by 8 to 15 mph winds out of the west gusting up to 25 mph in the afternoon. The temperature reached 87 degrees at a weather station in Wheatland with 11 percent relative humidity, conditions that kept the fire spreading on the south side and causing a two-mile run to the east between Palmer Canyon and Marble Roads.

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

The maps produced by the incident management team show the fire up against the north side of Palmer Canyon Road. This could be in part due to firefighters igniting along the road to remove the fuel between the road and the main fire, hoping to stop the fire in that area.

During a satellite overflight at 2:34 a.m. MDT Friday the only large heat sources detected from 200 miles up were on the south side, primarily north of Palmer Canyon Road west of the Albany/Platte County line.

The map below shows previous fires in orange. The fires to the north were the Arapaho and Cow Camp Fires of 2012, while the one to the south was the 2002 Reese Fire. These blazes, especially the ones six years ago, could slow the spread of the Britania Mountain Fire if it reaches those areas — or at least there would be less resistance to control.

Map of the Britania Mountain Fire
Map of the Britania Mountain Fire as of 6:30 p.m. MDT August 29, 2018. The red line is uncontrolled fire edge; the black line is completed fireline; the orange areas are previous fires. Map produced by Incident Management Team. Click to enlarge.

Very little official information has been released about the fire since it started on August 26, but a Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command Friday morning so that could change. Already we have seen a plethora of new maps.

All of Wyoming except for the northwest portion is under a Red Flag Warning again Thursday. The forecast for the fire area calls for 90 degrees, 11 percent relative humidity, and 8-13 mph winds out of the west and southwest gusting up to 18 mph. Conditions should moderate somewhat on Friday.

The predicted weather will keep cities to the east under a possible threat of dense smoke. Areas in Wyoming that could be affected, depending on the exact wind direction, include Wheatland, Guernsey, and Torrington. Cities in Nebraska that could experience smoke are Mitchell, Scottsbluff, Chadron, and Alliance.

Britania Mountain Fire
Photo by Nate Mezera @NateMez_turf as he flew over the Britania Mountain Fire August 29. Looking north. Wheatland, WY is under the smoke.

 

 

Britania Mountain Fire burns USFS and private land west of Wheatland, WY

(UPDATED at 3:06 p.m. MDT August 29, 2018)

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

The incident management team on the Britania Mountain Fire 8 miles northeast of Wheatland, Wyoming has released a map of the fire:

Map Britania Mountain Fire
Map of the Britania Mountain Fire by the Incident Management Team; data from 7 p.m. MDT August 28, 2018. Click to enlarge.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Palmer canyon. The Red Cross set up an evacuation center in Wheatland at the Services for Seniors Annex, 809 16th St. They are asking those evacuating to call (307) 322-3279.


(UPDATED at 11:04 a.m. MDT August 29, 2018)

The Britania Mountain Fire 8 miles northwest of Wheatland, Wyoming has burned at least 20,180 acres and 16 structures according to information released by fire officials Wednesday morning. It is not clear how many of the structures are outbuildings or residences, or how current the data is. Very little official information has been released about the fire since it started on August 26.

On Tuesday the Britania Mountain Fire spread to the south into even more rugged terrain.

The area is under a Red Flag Warning through Thursday. The forecast calls for southwest winds of 15 to 25 with gusts to 35 mph and relative humidity of 10 to 15 percent in the afternoons on both days. This could spread the fire farther to the east and northeast if receptive fuels are available.

Red Flag Warnings, August 29, 2018
Red Flag Warnings, August 29, 2018.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Shane Greer was scheduled to in-brief Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Tuesday evening 259 personnel were assigned.

The maps below show the APPROXIMATE location of the Britania Mountain Fire. It is based on heat sensing data from a satellite at 2:54 a.m. MDT August 29 and a map created by fire personnel that used data from 7:46 p.m. August 27.

map Britania Fire Wyoming
The shows the APPROXIMATE location of the Britania Mountain Fire. It is based on heat sensing data from a satellite at 2:54 a.m. MDT August 29 and a map created by fire personnel with data from 7:46 p.m. August 27.

During the satellite overflight at 2:54 a.m. MDT Wednesday the only large heat sources detected were on the southern-most perimeter and the southwest side. At about 200 miles above the Earth smaller heat sources scattered across the fire can’t be “seen” by the sensors. On the map above the heat stretched across the south edge for 4 miles west of the County line (the green line) and one mile to the east. The fire spread further to the south in this area.

3-d map Britania Mountain Fire
The 3-D map shows the APPROXIMATE location, looking west-northwest, of the Britania Mountain Fire. It is based on heat sensing data from a satellite at 2:54 a.m. MDT August 29 and a map created by fire personnel with data from 7:46 p.m. August 27.

(Originally published at 11:30 a.m. MDT August 28, 2018)

The Britania Fire west of Wheatland, Wyoming has grown to approximately 18,800 acres. Shifting winds and rugged terrain are creating challenges for the 150 to 200 firefighters on scene, including one crew from Florida. More resources will be arriving today (Tuesday). The fire is approximately 8 to 12 miles west of Wheatland, Wyoming and 68 miles north of Cheyenne.

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Two fire engines burned on the North Eden Fire in Utah

Two fire vehicles fighting the North Eden Wildfire were destroyed August 17 by wind-driven flames. A heavy engine from Woodruff Fire Department and a light engine from the State Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands responded to the fire’s west flank.

One engine experienced a mechanical problem and as both crews tried to make the vehicle mobile again flames quickly moved toward the scene cutting off their escape route. The group of three firefighters was forced to leave the vehicles and escape into the black. No injuries were reported.

The 13,753-acre fire is burning in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.– a rare three-state fire.

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Fire in Laramie destroys 9 structures

Above: video posted to Facebook by OceanDylan Andrew.

Nine structures were destroyed Monday morning in a wildfire on the southwest side of Laramie, Wyoming (map). Pushed by strong winds, the fire spread through Wade’s Mobile Manor and burned about four acres of vegetation before being knocked down by firefighters.

Wades's Mobile Manor
File photo of Wades’s Mobile Manor. Google Street View.

Woman sentenced to four years in prison for starting two fires in Wyoming

She was arrested in Pennsylvania and initially charged with starting six fires in the Moran, Wyoming area

Above: Flagstaff Fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Moran, WY. Credit USFS

(Originally published at 2:41 p.m. MST January 12, 2018)

Stephanie Joy Nicole Dodson, 45, of Everett, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on January 2, 2018 on two felony counts of timber set afire. Ms. Dodson was arrested in Pennsylvania. She received 53 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised probation upon release from custody, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment and $105,712.68 in restitution to the United States Forest Service.

Ms. Dodson was charged with eight felony counts related to various fires that investigators believe she started between August 14, 2016, and August 29, 2016, in the Buffalo Valley Region, six of which she started on August 29.

In exchange for dismissing six felony counts, Ms. Dodson pleaded guilty to starting two fires, the Pacific Creek Fire in Grand Teton National Park on August 22, and the Flagstaff Fire on August 29 in Bridger Teton National Forest. The Flagstaff Fire was by far the most serious due to the property threatened and the number of resources used to extinguish the fire.