Crews Face Tough Challenge on Robinson Fire Near Buffalo Today

Crews Face Tough Challenge on Robinson Fire Near Buffalo Today

Fire officials are anticipating new challenges on the Robinson Fire south of Buffalo today with record high temperatures and winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour in the area.

BUFFALO, WY — Crews continue to battle a fire 20 miles south of Buffalo that began on June 8 and is only about 18 percent contained this morning.

The Robinson Fire has spread to nearly 700 acres and reports from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team (RMIMT) show that 291 personnel are on the scene fighting the blaze.

RMIMT officials also say they fire was started by lightning.

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Summary 

On Sunday evening, firefighters initiated a strategic burn operation along the northwest perimeter of the fire. The objective of this burn was to remove heavy fuels in an area of steep, inaccessible terrain, reducing risk of fire escape in that area. If conditions are conducive, firefighters will continue with the burnout operation today.

The number of acres reported was reduced due to aerial mapping. The percent containment was reduced from 25% to 18% due to incident movement, operational containment methods, and limited ground-truthing due to inaccessible terrain.

Helicopters will work the north and northeast sides of the fire again today, dropping buckets of water over sources of heat inside Robinson Canyon, the most difficult terrain in the fire area.

Local fire resources and interagency cooperators continue to support the Robinson Fire. Firefighters on the ground are making progress improving fire lines, as they scout for additional control opportunities in the very rough and rocky terrain.

Crews hope to wrap up structure assessments in the areas of Billy Creek, Poison Creek, and Bull Creek, to plan how to protect those structures in case the fire expands in that direction. Approximately 80% of those structures have been assessed so far. No structures have been damaged.

Fire Conditions and Weather

Monday’s weather could pose a problem for crews as the forecast calls for very hot and dry conditions, with near-record high temperatures. Winds will be south, increasing in the afternoon and shifting out of the southwest, gusting to 25 mph.

Fire managers anticipate more active fire behavior today, especially under increasing winds in the afternoon. The fire is steadily consuming dead trees and logs and cleaning out the forest understory. Residents and forest visitors should expect to see smoke for an extended period.

Public Information Boards

Public information officers have established information boards at multiple locations around the fire area, including Hazelton parking lot off of Highway 16 at Road 3; the intersection of Greub Road and Highway 196; and at the BLM and Forest Service offices in Buffalo.