CASPER, Wyo. — The Richard Mountain Fire burning south of Rock Springs and Utah has grown to 7,064 acres, according to a Thursday, Aug. 6 update from the Bureau of Land Management.
The fire began at about 2 pm Aug. 3 and remains 0% contained. The fire is burning about 50 miles south of Rock Springs. The BLM says that additional resources have arrived.
“A total of 217 firefighters are now working to keep the fire west of Red Creek, south of Clay Basin Road, East of Highway 191, and north of Browns Park Road,” the update says.
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The fire “grew slowly over the past 12 hours.” The BLM add that it is burning a mixture of pinyon pine, juniper, grass and brush in steep terrain.
“Overall, we had some decent weather conditions yesterday allowing us to get some valuable resources in place to work this fire,” Operations Section Chief Mike Wengert said in the update. “We did have some fire move south of Browns Park Road yesterday afternoon, so we’re going to have 1 of our 3 divisions in that area focusing on keeping the fire contained west of Red Creek and north of the Goslin Mountains.”
Weather conditions Thursday “could cause fire behavior to increase quickly,” according to the BLM who say that Thursday “should be a critical day for crews.”
Additional closures are in effect in the area:
- Browns Park Road is closed at Jesse Ewing Canyon and at Hwy 191
- Clay Basin Road is closed at Hwy 191
- A temporary emergency closure for the “B” portion of the Green River from the Little hole boat ramp to the Indian Crossing boat ramp remains in effect