The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team (IMT) assumed command of the Keystone Fire from a Type 3 organization at 6 am this morning. Incident Commander Jay Esperance stated, “We will be building on the successes of the local firefighters who have done on outstanding job with the limited resources they have.”
Firefighters monitored the fire through the night. The engine crews focused on patrolling around structures on all sections of the fire. The smoke in the valley is predicted to lift this morning, clearing the air in Laramie by noon.
Fire behavior will increase, today due to the reduced cloud cover. Relative humidity will be around 15 percent and the high temperature is expected to be near 80 degrees. Winds will be light and variable preventing criteria from reaching Red Flag conditions.
Firefighters will concentrate their efforts in the Keystone Creek and Douglas Creek confluence. The fire has spotted south of Keystone Creek and east of Douglas Creek. Crews will be working to extinguish those spots. Firefighters will also be working north of Forest Service Road 511 working to secure spot fires. There will be structure protection in both the Rambler and Keystone areas. Structure protection will continue to be a priority as the fire advances.
Firefighter and public safety are the top priority in managing this fire. Firefighters will work to fully contain the fire, using handcrews, engines, and aircraft and will fight the fire in areas where there is a high likelihood of success.
Closures & Advisories:
Evacuated Communities: Keystone, Rambler, Lake Creek, Moore’s Gulch (Langford/Ricker)
Evacuated Camping: Rob Roy Campground (USFS), dispersed campers near Rob Roy, Cinnabar Park and Bobbie Thomson
Fire Size Today:
Approx. 376 acres
40 miles West of Albany, Wyoming
Management: Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team
Red Flag Weather Indications: High Winds; Low Humidity and minimal cloud cover.