Ryan Fire Now 30 Percent Contained

Current Situation: The wetting rain early Monday morning, along with moderate temperatures and higher humidity all kept the fire from growing in size. During the day, crews were able to work the eastern flank of the fire in the grass/sage fuel type; achieving 30 percent containment. A night shift of engines worked overnight Monday along Highway 230 to monitor the fire.

A favorable weather forecast should keep fire behavior low on Tuesday, allowing firefighters to continue developing containment along the eastern edge. Firefighters plan to extend the containment line in the sage/grass fuel type north toward Skyline subdivision. Crews on the south and southeastern sides of the fire will continue structure protection around Pearl, and firefighters plan to build control line on the southeast side where it is safe to engage. Air resources including helicopters and single engine air tankers (SEATs) continue to support firefighters on the ground as needed. A structure group will begin evaluating subdivisions to the north from the leading edge of the fire.

Weather: A light rain fell on the fire Monday afternoon. The weather forecast for Tuesday includes cooler temps with highs in the mid-50s, relative humidity around 19 percent, and wind gusts around 18 mph. Hotter and drier weather is predicted towards the end of the week, creating the potential for more active fire behavior.

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surrounding the Ryan Fire to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel and will remain in effect until rescinded.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 Medicine Bow and Routt 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/).