Overcast skies and cooler temperatures helped slow the growth of the Ryan Fire on Monday. The fire has now burned 2,500 total acres on the Routt National Forest in Colorado and the Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming.
Efforts of fire personnel on Monday focused on hunter evacuations within the area closure, securing roadways into the area closure, and scouting for locations where the fire could successfully be engaged. A management transfer is also underway, with the Rocky Mountain Black Type II Team set to transition into command on Tuesday morning. Incident Commander of the Black Team is Shane Greer and the team will be based out of the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Walden, Colo.
Weather in the fire area over the next few days is expected to be hot and dry, with occassional gusty winds.
The fire was reported late Saturday night, Sept. 15 in Jackson County, Colo. and within 24 hours had spread over three miles to the northeast and across the state line into Carbon County, Wyo.
A broad area closure has been put in place by the U.S. Forest Service. The Ryan Fire area closure will primarily affect hunters with licenses in game management unit 161 in Colorado, and in Wyoming, elk area 13 and deer area 81. Hunters are encouraged to obtain a copy of the area closure map before heading into the field.
Within the area closure is the entire east/west length of Forest Road 80, a portion of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, and the Hog Park Guard Station in Jackson County, Colo. In Carbon County, Wyo. the area closure includes the south side of Forest Roads 496 and 404, as well as the area around Blackhall Mountain.
Fire managers are implementing a full suppression strategy to fight the fire and will take direct actions where it is effective and safe to do so, with the highest probability of success.