Kinyon Road Fire
Incident: Kinyon Road Wildfire
Sunday, July 8, 2012 Crews are back up this morning to work on containing, the now estimated 50,000 acre Kinyon Road Fire. The fire is currently 20 percent contained, with full containment set for tonight at 7:00 p.m. and control for tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. The blaze caused by lightning began yesterday around 4:00 p.m. with BLM crews as well as the Castleford Rural Fire Department responding. There are numerous resources on scene of the fire, including engines, air support, hand crews, dozers, and water support. By noon today it is expected that there will be close to 150 personnel on scene. Yesterday the blaze moved quickly to gain vast amounts of BLM land, and at one point the fire began to move towards the community of Roseworth. Structure protection engines were sent to support that area, but when the blaze got within a half mile the wind shifted moving the fire to the North. As of this morning no structures are threatened by the blaze and there have been no evacuations and no structures lost. As the fire moved North last night crews conducted a back burn along Kinyon Road to the blackened soil of the Balanced Road fire, which burned earlier this year. The operation was successful in holding the fire from moving any further in that direction. Today, the fire remains most active on the South side, with a burn operation planned between Kinyon Road and Coonskin Road. Firefighters hope to stop the blaze from moving any further in that direction. This afternoon is expected to be hot with thunderstorms in that area in the afternoon. Crews will remain updated on the weather patterns to assure their safety as well as the surrounding communities.