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VIDEO: Fire south of Buffalo grows to 600 acres, driven by 60+ mph winds into Robinson Canyon

(Screenshot from BLM High Plains District video)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management High Plains District said on Friday that a fire burning south of Buffalo has grown to about 600 acres, up from around 150 acres on Thursday.

Thursday evening, wind gusts exceeded 60 mph. The BLM says winds drove growth of the fire and pushed it into Robinson Canyon and surrounding foothills from off of the mountain.

While the Robinson Fire is burning in proximity to man-made structures, the BLM says “there are no immediate dangers to existing buildings or homes” and no evacuations are currently in place.

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“In response to the spread of the fire and the increasing personnel involved, the fire incident has been upgraded from a Type 3 response to a Type 2,” the BLM said.

The size of the fire on Friday morning is based on a flight that was conducted.

“Our initial response crews have been giving a monumental effort in their fight of this fire as it is in almost vertical terrain that is extremely taxing to work with,” said Zeb McWilliams, BLM Fire Response and Federal Incident Commander for the fire. “Bringing in the Type 2 team shows just how technical a response this is and how we continue to need the best support for our ground crews available.”

The Type 2 incident management team is expected to arrive on Friday and Saturday, which will augment the roughly 200 personnel working on the fire. Personnel are from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana “with operations being coordinated out of an established incident command post in Buffalo.”

“We want to thank the community for their support and acceptance of our crews operating out of Buffalo,” said McWilliams. “While we know that the community would like to provide even further support through the donation of goods, at this time due to continued COVID precautions, donated goods cannot be accepted for our responders. Thank you for understanding as we strive to keep the health of our responders a top priority.”

The Natrona County Fire District has a crew assigned to the fire after helping contain the roughly 203 acre Murhpy Fire south of Kaycee.