Firefighters Contain Robinson Fire as Best They Can

Firefighters Contain Robinson Fire as Best They Can

An A-Star TypeT 3 helicopter like this one is being used to try and slow the spread of the fire. inciweb.nwcg.gov photo

BUFFALO, WY — According to the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team (RMIMT), the 1,038 acre Robinson Fire is at 64 percent containment and due to the lay of the land, that’s as contained as the fire is going to get.

The lightning-caused fire started on June 8 and is located about 20 miles south of Buffalo. At one point, nearly 350 firefighters were at the scene battling the fire, however the number of firefighters has been reduced to 225.

According to RMIMT, “the northern edge of the fire perimeter is holding along the edge of a cliff band and the bottom of Robinson Canyon. These are natural features that impede the fire’s advance, and areas that are unsafe for firefighters to be on the ground. As a result, it has been determined that the 64 percent of the fire perimeter that has been contained is the full extent of achievable containment.”

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Summary 

Due to the fire’s containment, RMIMT will no longer be releasing daily updates. With reduced fire activity and diminished threat to local communities, the Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team will transfer command to a Type 4 organization at 7 p.m. today. This afternoon, final posts will be made to their Facebook page, which will remain available for viewing, but comments and questions will not be monitored. The phone and email contacts will be active through Sunday, June 20.

“Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor fire activity throughout the fire area over the coming days. Structure assessments were completed yesterday, and the Structure Defense Plan will be finalized today,” RMIMT’s press release states.

The fire is creeping and smoldering in most areas, with occasional torching of single-trees or groups of trees well inside the fire’s interior. This is likely to continue for the foreseeable future as the fire consumes unburned fuels.

“Smoke may be visible in the area for some time to come, as long as residual heat and available fuels remain,” according to the RMIMT.

Aerial resources that remain committed to the Robinson Fire include the Type 3 helicopter, the National Guard medivac hoist ship, and the fixed-wing Air Attack. These aircraft are also available to support new ignitions or other fires in the area.