More crews arrive for Britania Fire, now at 24,000 acres

Britania Fire courtesy of the Natrona County Fire District, Facebook

The Britania Mountain Fire grew to 24,105 acres as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from officials.

“The fire is currently 24,105 acres and is 33% contained,” a statement said via Facebook, on Thursday. “Rocky Mountain Area Type 2 Incident Management Team Black assumed command of the fire at 6 am this morning.”

Officials say that 368 firefighters are reportedly on the scene.

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Lightning is listed as the cause of the fire.

In a written statement from the Britania Facebook page, the fire was active primarily on the southern and southeastern flanks, prompting new evacuations in the Palmer Canyon area.

The detailed statement, posted below, explains the activities of firefighters over Wednesday, and into August 30th.

Firefighters acre constructing direct and indirect fire lines to prevent the spread of the blaze.

“Thursday’s weather will be similar to Wednesday’s, with a Red Flag Warning in effect due to low relative humidity and gusty winds,” officials said, commenting on conditions in the area. “Temperatures are expected to be 1-2 degrees higher than Wednesday with highs in the low to mid 80s and relative humidity in the single digits on the fire. Winds are expected to be out of the west-southwest from 14 to 20 mph with gusts up to 28 mph with an isolated chance for thunderstorms in the area, which could bring erratic outflow winds.”

Highlights:

  • Mandatory evacuations are in effect for residences north of Palmer Canyon Road in Platte County, west of the Laramie River to the Albany County line.
  • Evacuations are also in place for Albany County residents from the Platte County line to Cottonwood Road.
  • Palmer Canyon Road remains closed from Kittel Road in Platte County to Cottonwood Road in Albany County.
  • The evacuations in the Laramie Peak subdivision were lifted on Tuesday.