Richard Mountain Fire grows to 7k acres

SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. — Fire crews were able to make some progress on the Richard Mountain Fire—a 7,046-acre blaze burning on the border of Wyoming and Utah south of Rock Springs, currently at 30% containment.

The fire is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper in both Utah and Wyoming. It started on August 3. The cause is unknown.

A total of 250 personnel is attached to the fire as of this morning.

Red flag conditions have hampered firefighting efforts as hot, dry winds have caused erratic behavior on the fast-moving fire.

Fire activity on the Richard Mountain Fire has diminished over the past 24 hours, but dangerous red flag weather conditions remain. Fire crews remain focused on keeping the fire west of Red Creek, south of Clay Basin Road, East of Highway 191, and north of Browns Park Road. Crews will also be reinforcing and securing fire lines to minimize fire spread potential, mopping up any remaining hot spots, and evaluating areas that may require rehabilitation.

The closures along Browns Park Road and the “B” portion of the Green River between the Little Hold and Indian Crossing boat ramps have been lifted following discussions between the Incident Management Team and federal, state, and local agency administrators. Motorists traveling along Browns Park Road are being asked to drive slowly and be aware that firefighting equipment and personnel are present in the area.

The temporary closure along Clay Basin Road remains in effect but is being evaluated. Closures will be lifted when it is safe for the public to return to the area.

The fire is burning in sagebrush, grass, and juniper in both Utah and Wyoming. It started on August 3. The cause is unknown. Courtesy photo

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