Wyoming Wildfire Update

UPDATE:  Here is a link to the Wyoming State Forestry Division Fire Information:


As Wyoming continues to be under red flag warnings, please access this link for up-to -date fire information across our state.

Here is the link to the Wyoming Interagency Fire Restrictions page.  Here you can click on your location to get up-to-date fire restrictions.



June 27, 2012

(1)  Cato, 14 miles NE of Buffalo, Johnson County/Sheridan County.  Estimated 13,000+ acres.  High temperatures and winds are hampering suppression efforts.  Evacuations  have taken place along Thompson Creek Road in Sheridan County.   The north end of the fire is approximately 4 miles from Clearmont in Sheridan County.  Some outbuildings have been confirmed destroyed.


(2) Otter Creek/Upper Bee, 13 miles south of Ten Sleep, Washakie County.  Estimated 750 acres.  Ground and air resources are currently working the fire.  A local Type III organization has been ordered to manage the incident.


(3) Fontenelle, NW of LaBarge, Lincoln County.  Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. 12,000 acres.  A Type II Incident Management Team is being ordered to manage the incident.  For more information see Fontenelle Fire


(4) Index Creek,  Park County, Wyoming, 5 miles SE of Cooke City, MT.  The fire is burning on the Shoshone National Forest and is estimated between 25-30 acres, burning in spruce/fire and logging slash. The incident has ordered a Type 1 handcrew and a Type II Helicopter.  Due to the current fire conditions, WYDOT has closed US Highway 212, also know as Beartooth Highway in both directions from the intersection of Chief Joseph Highway, WY 296, to Cooke city, Montana. It is necessary that all traffic seek an alternate route. There has been no report of structures threatened.  The fire was caused by a downed power line and was reported on June 26, 2012.


(5) Russells Camp , Buffalo Peak area, SW of Douglas, Converse County.   Estimated at 5,465 acres and is 45 percent contained.  The fire is located in the southwest corner of Converse County, WY. 32 miles south of Glenrock, Wyo. Northwest of Campbell Creek Campground and Twin Peaks Trailhead. North and west of County Road 24, also known as Cold Springs Road or Little Medicine Road. It has burned north over Buffalo Peak, south of Squaw Mountain and west to East Box Elder Creek. For more information see Russells Camp Fire

Many areas in Wyoming are under burn restrictions.  Make sure you check with your local authorities to get up to the minute information  for your area.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has banned open fires on all lands it administers in the southeastern and central parts of the state.  Wyoming Game and Fish officials say the hot, dry weather has significantly raised the risk of wildfires.  The fire ban means that burning a fire, charcoal, or coal or wood stove is prohibited. Smoking also isn’t allowed except in a developed site or area clear of flammable material.

This great state has a lot to experience and there are still many areas in Wyoming that are not affected by these wildfires.  Please continue to enjoy your own Wyoming adventure and be safe.








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