August 11, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Fire Update One: Overton Fire
The “Overton Fire” is approximately ten percent contained, burning 25 miles southwest of Wheatland, just inside Albany County. The fire, reported at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, was human caused.
Firefighters from the Rawlins Bureau of Land Management Field Office, Platte County, Albany County, National Park Service and Forest Service are on the scene. A helicopter crew flew 12 water drops on the fire and a fixed wing aircraft was used to fly reconnaissance on the fire late Thursday.
Three ranch headquarters are threatened by the fire. The blaze, which is about five miles north of Sybille Canyon (in Halleck Canyon), is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain, which hampers efforts to suppress it. Fire fuels in the area include sagebrush, mountain mahogany and scattered Ponderosa pine.
“The immediate help we got from Platte County gave us a head start on this fire. We have great crews on the scene, and the rapid commitment of resources to the fire has allowed us a good start on containing it, even though it is in some very challenging terrain,” said acting Fire Management Officer Aaron Mier.
Fire danger is currently "extreme" in southeast Wyoming. The public is reminded to contact the Rawlins Interagency Dispatch Center, at 1-800-295-9953, to report any wildfires.
Media Advisory: Safety First! Media members please contact Mary Wilson at the above numbers if you plan to try to photograph the fire area.