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Richard Mountain Fire south of Rock Springs 40% contained; 7,633 acres burned

The Richard Mountain Fire began August 3, and is 90% contained on August 9. (BLM Wyoming)

CASPER, Wyo — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming said Saturday that crews are have achieved 40% containment on the Richard Mountain fire located about 50 miles south of Rock Springs, even as resources are now being diverted to the Bradley Fire near the Seminoe Reservoir.

The Richard Mountain fire began August 3, and the cause is still unknown.

Improved aerial mapping now leads the BLM to estimate that the fire has burned 7,633 acres.

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BLM Wyoming said crews from the BLM Rock Springs Field Office, BLM Utah, and Sweetwater County along with federal air resources are reinforcing established control lines and installing new lines as needed. The BLM said the probability of full containment is high, though dangerous red flag weather conditions persist across Wyoming.

The closures along Browns Park Road and the “B” portion of the Green River between the Little Hole and Indian Crossing boat ramps have been lifted. Motorists traveling along Browns Park Road are being asked to drive slowly and be aware that firefighting equipment and personnel are present in the area.

The temporary closure along Clay Basin Road remains in effect but is being evaluated. Closures will be lifted when it is safe for the public to return to the area. Additional fire information, including closure information, can be found on the fire’s InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6918/.