Rain tempers Ryan Fire after raging weekend

Federal, state and local responders gather at the Big Creek Ranch Sunday afternoon as flames torch the hillsides on both sides of the canyon down to ranch meadow. Photo: Jim O’Reilly/Bigfoot 99.

The Ryan Fire blew up over the weekend, tripling in size on Saturday and doubling again Sunday. Strong winds, warm temperatures, low humidity and an abundant supply of dry fuels provided the perfect conditions to push the fire across ridge tops and through stands of dead and downed fuels deeper into Wyoming. After raging all weekend, the latest estimate puts the size of the Ryan Fire at 19,328 acres.

Drenching rains overnight did what nothing else could – laid the fire down after the weekend’s mad rush. Deana Harms with the Type II Rocky Mountain Incident Team told Bigfoot 99 Monday morning that the rain slowed down the fire’s advance for now.

Photo: Jim O’Reilly/Bigfoot 99.

The rain put out flames in grass and sage, but the timbered areas remain hot. At last report, the Ryan Fire is uncontained around its perimeter and active in the interior. The fire’s advance forced officials to widen closures as both sides of the Wyoming-Colorado state line.

Unconstrained, the Ryan Fire broke out of the forest and onto BLM and private lands. Those percentages are unknown. Personnel working the suppression efforts increased to 233 over the last few days. Four helicopters and other heavy equipment have been assigned to the fire. The cause is unknown.


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