Ryan Fire Determined To Be Human Caused, Additional Public Input Sought

Law enforcement officers are particularly interested in hearing from hunters who may have been in the area, Colorado Game Management Area 161.

By: Christian Schnettelker

The Ryan Fire has been burning in both Colorado and Wyoming since reported on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, and subsequently, the U.S. Forest Service has been actively investigating the cause of the fire. Wildland fire investigators have located the origin area of the Ryan Fire, and preliminary investigation indicates that the fire was human-caused and the result of an escaped campfire. The fire remains under investigation.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, which prohibit dispersed campfires outside of approved Forest Service fire rings, were in effect on Sept. 15 and remain in effect on the entirety of the Routt National Forest and the Sierra Madre Range, Medicine Bow National Forest.

Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service have received information from the public through multiple avenues; however, additional information is needed to assist with the ongoing investigation.

If you have information on activity occurring in the area along National Forest System Trail 1152 (Encampment Trailhead to the north, Diamond Park Trailhead to the south) and the Encampment River, in the extreme northern tip of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt National Forest, please call the Fire Information line at 307-314-9408. Specifically, the fire origin is three miles southeast of Hog Park Guard Station, two miles south of the state line, and two miles west of Buffalo Ridge Trailhead, in Jackson County, Colo.

Law enforcement officers are particularly interested in hearing from hunters who may have been in the area, Colorado Game Management Area 161.

When calling the Fire Information line, please be prepared to provide your name or contact information, and information about the date, time, location, and any identifying facts about the activity being reported. A Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer will follow up with members of the public who provide tips. Details and facts will be helpful in identifying responsible individuals.

As of the end of shift on Thursday, Sept. 27, the Ryan Fire was reported as 21,631 acres and 35 percent contained.