Lava Mountain Fire surpasses 2,000 acres

(Dubois, Wyo.) - The Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT) reports this morning that the Lava Mountain Fire northwest of Dubois has grown to 2,157 acres in size and remains at 0 percent containment. According to the news release, today’s cold front will bring drier and windier conditions and fire activity will increase significantly. Residents are advised to stay up to date on conditions as the day goes on and be prepared to make wise decisions, and, remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, leave the area . Do not wait for someone to tell you; leave when you feel you need to. With a cold front moving through the fire area later this evening and the potential for a thunderstorm this afternoon, everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings. It is important to keep traffic flowing in a safe and orderly manner on Highway 26 so that firefighting and evacuation efforts are not hampered. Residences from Big Diamond Ranch to the Lava Creek Ranch and Double Bar J Ranch are currently in evacuation stage "GO". This means they are evacuated. All other residences from Lava Mountain Lodge to Falls Creek campground are in stage "SET". That is, you should have your emergency items packed. You should also stay informed of news and updates from the sheriff's department, local fire department, and public information. A Public Meeting will be held tonight at the Dubois Fire Department at 7:00 PM. 9 crews, 26 engines, 1 dozer, 3 helicopters, 2 single engine air tankers, a total of 382 personnel are working on the fire. Current road closures include Forest Service road 540, road 542, road 629, road 532 from Highway 26 to the junction with road 538, Motorized Trail (MT) 11 and 15, and Portions of the Continental Divide Trail from Pilot Knob to Sheridan Pass are closed. [image: 0 (26).jpg][image: 0 (25).jpg][image: 0 (27).jpg][image: 0 (24).jpg] *#county10 #buckrail #lavamountainfire #news* *All photos: h/t Joy Gage / Pitchengine Communities*