Fishhawk Fire still growing, prompts evacuations

WYOMING — The Fishhawk Fire burning west of Cody is still growing, and significant growth to the north has prompted mandatory evacuations for cabins in the Kitty Creek drainage and the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office made the call last night. The evacuation notice means that residents of those cabins and in the affected areas need to leave the area immediately. “Property can be replaced. Human lives can not,” officials said in a fire update this morning.

An informational staging area has been established for evacuees in the Cody Courthouse parking lot. For evacuation of livestock, contact Jamey Morlan with Park County Fairgrounds at 307.250.0634 or 307.899.2200.

The fire is now burning roughly 10,000 acres. Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team took over management of the fire at 6 a.m. today. Mike Haydon is the Incident Commander. Firefighter and public safety will remain a top priority for the Fishhawk Fire.

Hotshot crews were staged at the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp to monitor the fire throughout the night. Today, structure protection work continues in the North Fork corridor. Firefighters have been building fire line around structures in Kitty Creek in addition to implementing structure protection around nearby lodges. Due to rugged terrain and safety concerns, the southern perimeter of the fire will be monitored by air assets.

Today, weather may bring thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with lighting, possible rain, and 10-20 mph winds out of the west. The RH will be 30-35% and temperatures will be lower, in the 70’s. Due to smoke, there is decreased visibility along US Highway 14/16/20. Please use caution if driving on this route.

The Shoshone National Forest has implemented an area closure around the Fishhawk Fire for public safety. See a map of the closure here.

It is a priority of the Incident to keep the North Fork corridor open to the public. US Highway 14/16/20 is open; please be advised that smoke may impede travel, so reduced speeds may be necessary.

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