|August 14, 2006|
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Final Overton Fire UpdateThe “Overton Fire,” burning 25 miles southwest of Wheatland, is approximately 97 percent contained as of Friday evening. The fire, reported at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, was human caused and burned 847 acres.
Firefighters from the Rawlins Bureau of Land Management Field Office, Platte County, Albany County, National Park Service and Forest Service remain on the scene to conduct mop-up operations.
Three ranch headquarters were threatened by the fire, but were protected from damage. The blaze, which is about five miles north of Sybille Canyon (in Halleck Canyon), was burning in steep, inaccessible terrain, which hampered efforts to suppress it. Fire fuels in the area include sagebrush, mountain mahogany and scattered Ponderosa pine.
“Timely delivery of resources to this fire led to early containment,” said acting Fire Management Officer Aaron Mier. “With range conditions as they are, we can’t afford to delay our response to these fires. Local and national resources are stretched thin, and we don’t want to see one of these relatively small incidents get out of hand,” Mier said.
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.
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Both images show backlighting operations on the Overton Fire.
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