|July 28, 2006|
Contact: Terry Del Bene
More Wildfires in Southwest WyomingFire activity continues to plague Southwestern Wyoming due to dry conditions and lightning strikes.
One was not enough...Just one mile north of the Rock Creek fire BLM fire crews spotted a second fire. This new fire, the Rock Two fire was just five acres Friday afternoon but, fire crews called in air tanker and helicopter support due to dry conditions, and predictions of more wind. The fire is equally as close to private structures as was the Rock One fire and is adjacent to many miles of tinder dry sagebrush and juniper.
Roughly 60 people were mobilized in short order to the scene and the quick response kept the burned area to roughly five acres. There are two hand crews, several BLM, Sweetwater County, and Fire District One crews on hand. Additionally there are resources from the U.S. Forest Service. The Rawlins BLM helicopter is helping with mop-up and a fixed wing aircraft dropped retardant to slow the spread of the fire.
The Rock One fire, started earlier this week, was 95% contained as of 9:30 Friday morning and BLM is expected to start releasing some of the fire crews from that fire today. The Rock Fire One encompassed 24 acres in the vicinity of Kappes Canyon. The Rock One fire burn is located approximately twelve miles south of Rock Springs and spread rapidly through a mixture of fuel types including; grass, sagebrush and juniper trees. Fire crews worked into the night successfully protecting threatened structures on private land at the Kappes ranch.
For more information on BLM fire restrictions or conditions, contact Kyle Cowan, BLM Western Zone Fire Management Officer, at 307-352-0217, or visit the BLM Wyoming Fire page at http://www.wy.blm.gov/wy_fire_restrictions.