The Brown Butte fire continued to grow throughout the day and is now estimated at approximately 7000 acres. The fire started off Highway 26, but no cause could be determined. Crews and air resources have been working diligently to slow the fire growth. Retardant and water drops as well as the fire moving into some finer fuels helped firefighters make some ground on the fire this afternoon. The fire is now been estimated to be contained by July 22nd at 8:00 p.m. and controlled by July 23rdat 6:00 p.m. No structures in the area were lost and none are threatened at this time.
Numerous resources supported the fire today. Below is a list of all resources that remain on scene:
· 2 Helicopters
· 1 Lead Plane
· 9 Engines
· 2 Dozers
· 2 Water Tenders
· 3 – 20 person Hand Crews
· Richfield Rural Fire Department
Multiple air resources including 1 heavy air tanker, multiple helicopters, 5 single engine air tankers and 2 MAFF’s (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System’s) were on scene of the fire today. Air resources will continue assisting on the fire until 9:40 p.m.
**Correction to Previous News Release: Shoshone Rural Fire Department did not respond to the Brown Butte fire.
The BLM cautions the public to be firewise this week while travelling and enjoying public lands as fire danger is expected to be very high.