Wyoming’s Britania Fire ‘Rapidly’ Developing; Pre-Evacuation Notice Issued
A pre-evacuation notice has been issued for the Green Mountain and Palmer Canyon Road area in Albany County as the Britania Fire continues to rapidly develop.
Area residents and others should be prepared to leave the area quickly as the fire advances.
The announcement comes from the Laramie Police Department, which attributes the information to the Albany County Emergency Management Agency. As of Monday afternoon, the Britania Fire had burned over 13,300 acres with no containment.
The fire, located some 28 miles west of Wheatland, continues to burn in timber and threatens structures, having already claimed an unspecified number of outbuildings.
Fire behavior is described as "extreme" with running and torching, according to a Monday morning report from the National Interagency Coordination Center.
The U.S. Forest Service's Active Fire Mapping Program lists the cause of the fire as "natural," but provides no further details in that regard.
As of Monday afternoon, 150 firefighters -- mostly local volunteers -- were working the blaze, with more firefighters en route. Out-of-state resources were coming from California and Florida, according to Platte County Emergency Management.
Western and Southern Wyoming Type III Management Team 1 will assume control of the incident at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
A public meeting regarding the fire is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Exhibit Hall, located at the Platte County Fairgrounds in Wheatland.