A new 40-acre fire started yesterday, but with aggressive firefighting efforts the fire is expected to be contained today, according to fire managers with the Greys River District. The fire is located roughly 33 miles southeast up the Grey’s River Road outside of Alpine, Wyo. and near the Forest Park campground on forest service property.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, and was hit hard with firefighting efforts yesterday shortly after being reported. There was one air tanker capable of dropping 2,500 gallons of slurry and two helicopters working to drop water on the fire yesterday. In addition, five fire engines were working to suppress the fire. As a result, firefighters were able to build fireline around 90 percent of the fire late yesterday.
The fire is currently being fought by a Type IV incident organization with a number of resources dedicated to the fire: two Type III helicopters, five fire engines, eight smoke jumpers and a 20 person crew is expected to arrive today. There are a total of 43 personnel working on the fire. Fire managers expect to make good progress today. At this time no structures are threatened.
The Box Y Ranch is roughly four miles from the fire, the Forest Park campground is within two miles of the fire and a Wyoming Game and Fish Department feedground is also roughly two miles away from the fire. The fire is burning in heavy timber on flat terrain. There are no closures or evacuations in place at this time, except for Buck Creek Road which has a seasonal closure.
Weather is expected to be hot and dry with moderate winds. Friday winds are predicted to reach 10 mph with 20 mph gusts.
Recreationists and other area users are asked to follow the legal fire restrictions in place on the forest since August. Campfires are prohibited on the forest, except within an approved fire “structure,” within a designated area as defined by the forest’s fire restrictions. Smoking outside a vehicle or building is also prohibited. Full fire restriction information is posted at the entrance of forest lands and at http://www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions/state_county.htm.