Fire in Robinson Canyon

The Robinson Canyon Fire continues to smoke and grow as crews try to reach its remote location on Thursday, June, 10, 2021.

Updated at 1:15 p.m. on June 12

The Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team will assume management of the Robinson Fire on Saturday at 7 p.m., according to Maribeth Pecotte, public information officer for the fire. 

As of noon on Saturday, the fire has grown to approximately 790 acres, up from 600 acres reported Friday morning. Currently, 145 personnel from various agencies are working on the fire. This number is in flux, Pecotte said, as the Type 2 team will order resources from outlying areas to relieve local crews. 

Crews continue to monitor the fire's proximity to man-made structures, and there are no immediate dangers to buildings or homes in the area. There are no evacuations currently in place. 

According to a Friday afternoon press release from the Bureau of Land Management, crews cannot accept donated goods due to continued COVID-19 precautions.

Updated at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 11

The Robinson Fire located roughly 20 miles south of Buffalo burned off the mountain and into Robinson Canyon and surrounding foothills during Thursday night high winds. In response to the fire's spread and increasing personnel involved, the fire incident has been upgraded from a Type 3 response to a Type 2. 

The fire has grown to approximately 600 acres as of Friday morning, up from the approximately 150 acres reported Thursday, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

“Our initial response crews have been giving a monumental effort in their fight of this fire as it is in almost vertical terrain that is extremely taxing to work with,” said Zeb McWilliams, BLM Fire Response and Federal Incident Commander for the fire, in the release. “Bringing in the Type 2 team shows just how technical a response this is and how we continue to need the best support for our ground crews available.”

The Type 2 incident management team will arrive today and Saturday, augmenting the approximate 200 personnel currently working on the fire from Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, the release said. Operations are being coordinated out of an established incident command post in Buffalo. 

Crews continue to monitor the fire's proximity to man-made structures, and there are no immediate dangers to buildings or homes in the area. There are no evacuations currently in place. 

McWilliams said in the release that crews are grateful for community support, though donated goods cannot be accepted for responders due to continued COVID-19 precautions. 

To see video of the fire, courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management, click here.

4:45 p.m.on Thursday, June 10

Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming State Forestry and Johnson County Fire crews are still on site at the fire near Robinson Canyon that has burned roughly 100-150 acres as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. 

The blaze has grown from the estimated 50-200 acres reported Wednesday evening. Bureau of Land Management High Plains District public affairs specialist David Mosley said the fire is surrounded by hand cut fire lines, and there is no containment estimate at this time. 

Mosley said there are approximately 100 personnel in total currently working, including ground crews, smoke jumpers and support personnel. Due to wind, the agencies haven’t been able to make aerial drops today.

Wind is not a factor in stoking the flames at this time, Mosley said, as it is blowing primarily on top of the mountain. Still, planes and helicopters have not been able to make drops. 

Mosley said no evacuations have been ordered at this time and people do not need to be concerned about leaving the area. 

The fire, located roughly 20 miles south of Buffalo, ignited on Tuesday and is said to be caused by a lightning strike. 

This is an ongoing story that will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Alex joined the Bulletin in March 2021 and covers health care, energy and natural resources. Reach out with ideas or comments at alex@buffalobulletin.com.

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