Battle Creek Fire, Day Seven

28 Jul
Firefighter heading toward fire USFS photo by Kassidy Kern

Firefighter heading toward fire
USFS photo by Kassidy Kern

Firefighters getting ready to head out USFS photo by Kassidy Kern

Firefighters getting ready to head out
USFS photo
by Kassidy Kern

West Battle Creek Fire
41.126 latitude, -107.12 longitude

– Transition from Type III Incident Command Team to a Type IV organization took place Saturday. Ben Plum as IC, Chris Moore trainee

– Storm Peak Wildland Fire Module will take over operations Sunday

– 90% containment was announced after Saturday’s operations

– Mop-up and surveillance are the current focus of fire personnel

– There are approximately 35 fire personnel assigned to the West Battle Creek Fire. Cocinino Regulars T2IA crew remains. Final helicopter was released Saturday

– There has been no growth over the past four days, the West Battle Creek Fire is still approximately 103 acres in the Sierra Madre Range, Medicine Bow National Forest.

– The burn pattern of this fire is spotty and has predominantly grown by spotting and creeping. The majority of the fire area is on private land, with some U.S. Forest Service land in the burn area as well.

– Growth potential is low and the fire is currently smoldering

– There are no current evacuations or closures due to the fire

– Located in the West Battle Creek drainage, near the confluence with Haggarty Creek. Two miles west of the Huston Park Wilderness boundary, one mile south of Wyo Hwy 70, Battle Highway

– The fire burned in heavy, beetle-killed lodgepole pine and mixed conifer. Steep, rugged terrain with difficult access

– Cause is lightning

– Isolated cabins in the area

– Initial attack mid-day Monday by U.S. Forest Service engine (Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District) and Carbon Co. engines

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday July 22nd, 2013 approx. 12:00 PM
Location T 13, R 87W, Section 1
Incident Commander Plum / Moore (trainee)

Current Situation

Total Personnel 35
Size 103 acres
Percent Contained 90%
Fuels Involved Heavy beetle-kill lodgepole pine, mixed conifer
Fire Behavior Smoldering


Planned Actions Mop-up
Growth Potential Low
Terrain Difficulty Extreme

Unit Information

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Medicine Bow National Forest & Thunder Basin National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070
Fire Information
Phone: 307-745-237

Incident Cooperators

National Wildfire Coordinating Group U.S. Forest Service Bureau of Land Managemen Bureau of Indian Affairs Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service National Association of State Foresters U.S. Fire Administration
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