Early start to wildfire season in Wyoming

WYOMING – A pair of early-season wildfires are burning in the Cowboy State—a sign that Wyoming may be in for the long haul when it comes to the annual fire season.

Wyoming’s first official National Forest incident is the Lost Creek fire burning south of U.S. Highway 14/16/20, about 25 miles west of Cody. An infrared flight overnight Sunday puts the estimated size of the fire at 591 acres.

Multiple air and ground resources are on scene including two Type 1 handcrews, multiple engines, two heavy air tankers, three single engine air tankers, two Type 1 helicopters, and one Type 3 helicopter. Sage Decker is the incident commander. A total of 89 have been assigned to the fire.

The Lost Creek Fire was initially reported at 12:49 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Bill Cody Ranch and Rimrock Dude Ranch remain under an evacuation order.

A public meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Sheep Mountain Day Use Area of Buffalo Bill State Park. Due to ongoing health concerns, fire managers are asking the public to limit attendance of this meeting to those directly impacted by this fire in the Wapiti Valley and to limit the number of people per household that attend.

Meanwhile, over in the north central part of the state where early-season grass fires are not uncommon, Johnson County firefighters are trying to get a handle on a 10,000-acre fire that blew up on Sunday in warm, windy conditions.

The fire is burning north of Kaycee, Wyoming and south of Buffalo. Officials with Johnson County Emergency Management described the blaze as a fast-moving, “extremely dangerous fire.”

Campbell County and Goshen County fire departments are aiding in the attack. Torrington Volunteer Fire Department has also responded.

A 5,000-acres brush fire was aided by high winds and low humidity Sunday as it rages north of Kaycee, Wyo.

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