07/05/12 Fires Update

Smoke trails rise from a newly ignited fire 13 miles north of Sheridan.  The fire started early Tuesday evening.  (Photo by Tracee Davis)
Smoke trails rise from a newly ignited fire 13 miles north of Sheridan. The fire started early Tuesday evening. (Photo by Tracee Davis)

UPDATE 6:30AM 7/5/12

Hot and dry conditions continue to feed wildfires throughout Wyoming and Montana. Here's a breakdown of recent fire activity in Wyoming and southeastern Montana.

Wyoming now has their own Ash Creek Fire, as local fire crews continue to battle the blaze that is approximately 13 miles north of Sheridan off of Ash Creek Road. The fire started late Tuesday afternoon and is burning heavy vegetation near the Wyoming/Montana border. The fire is estimated at 150 acres, and Sheridan County Fire Warden, Bill Biastoch, reports the fire is 70-90 percent contained, thanks to the joint efforts of local firefighting agencies. The cause of the Ash Creek fire is unknown at this time.

The Ash Creek Fire in Montana has continued to exhibit extreme fire behavior and make major runs propagated by high winds, especially along the eastern perimeter. The fire now covers 244,500 acres and is 50 percent contained. To see a map of the fire,click here.

The Ghost fire in Crook County, 10 miles W/SW of Sundance, Wyoming, started Tuesday as well. The fire is estimated at over 1,500 acres. Firefighters from Crook County, US Forest Service, and Wyoming State Forestry Division are on scene. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is 85 % contained, and has caused an estimated $55,000 in damages thus far.

Meanwhile the Horse Creek Fire, 30 miles south of Hysham, MT is now at almost 7,600 acres and is 65 percent contained. Fire lines are in place around the entire Horse Creek fire, and crews will concentrate on improving and strengthening the lines and mop-up hot spots. Fire activity is limited to isolated tree torching, creeping and smoldering. Fire crews and equipment remain camped out close to the fire, in order to save driving time. There are approximately 200 fire personnel assigned to the fire including four 20-person crews, 5 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders and 3 skid-engines.

There are several fires burning on the Crow Indian Reservation as well, as six engines and a crew are continuing work on the Bad Horse fire between US Highway 212 and Reno Creek. That 3,135 acre fire is 70% contained, and lines held in Tuesday’s winds. The 947 acre Plum Creek fire on the edge of the town of Pryor is 95% contained. A crew and two engines are in Pryor.

Original Update Below Posted Wednesday Morning at 7:27AM:

Crews from the Ranchester Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in northern Sheridan County at approximately 5:30 pm Tuesday. The fire appears to be at or near the Youngs Creek Mine 13 miles north of Sheridan. The cause of the fire or any other additional information was not available late Tuesday evening. We'll have more on this story as it develops and details become available.

The Arapaho Fire, burning southwest of Wheatland near Laramie Peak, has destroyed 40 structures and caused $3.1 million in damages. This fire covers approximately 88,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. Evacuations in this area remain in effect.

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