Ryan Fire Grows to 19,328 Acres

The fire did receive a wetting rain Sunday night which will help moderate fire behavior on Monday.

Current Situation: The fire continued to spread overnight Saturday, and with little humidity recovery the fire remained active with crowning in the trees by 9:00 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters engaged the fire on the northeast side where it transitioned into the grass/sage fuel type as the team had planned. Thanks to the hard work of firefighters from Carbon County and firefighters from the incident management team, they were able to hold the fire along an irrigation canal. The Carbon County Sherriff issued an evacuation order for the Skyline community on Sunday, and firefighters spent the day establishing implementing structure protection measures, should they be needed.

The fire did receive a wetting rain Sunday night which will help moderate fire behavior on Monday. Firefighters will take advantage of the lower fire behavior, and will continue to work in the grass/sage fuel type to minimize the fire’s growth and begin establishing some containment. Lower fire behavior is anticipated over the next few days; however, weather forecasts trend warmer and drier by the end of the week. Crews on the southern end of the fire will evaluate the need to establish structure protection in the community of Pearl and will also monitor the existing structure protection at Hogback Guard Station. Communities as far away as Laramie and Cheyenne have reported smoke impacts from the Ryan Fire. A smoke monitor will be put in place to measure the air quality for those communities affected by smoke.

Weather: Wetting rain occurred overnight, and there is a 10 percent chance of precipitation on Monday. Temperatures will decrease with a high in the mid-60s and relative humidity values in the low 20 percent range. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible on the highest peaks, but winds near the fire are expected to be calmer.

Closures and Public Safety:  An area closure is in place for National Forest System lands surrounding the Ryan Fire to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel and will remain in effect until rescinded. This closure is on portions of both the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests. The Ryan Fire area closure will primarily affect hunters with licenses in game management unit 161 in Colorado, as well as elk area 13 and deer area 81 in Wyoming. Hunters are encouraged to obtain a copy of the area closure map before heading into the field. The complete closure order (MBRTB-2018-265) and map are available on the Ryan Fire InciWeb page (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6210/).