August 17, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Poison Spider Fire Update
The “Poison Spider Fire,” burning 40 miles west of Casper, is approximately 85 percent contained as of Wednesday evening. The fire, reported at 3 p.m. Sunday, was lightning caused and burned nearly 3,200 acres.
Firefighters from the Rawlins and Lander Bureau of Land Management Field Offices, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, Natrona and Carbon Counties, and National Park Service remain on the scene to conduct mop-up operations.
A ranch headquarters was threatened by the fire, but was protected from damage. The blaze, in the Rattlesnake Hills area, was burning in steep, inaccessible terrain, which hampered efforts to suppress it. Fire fuels in the area include beetle killed limber pine, and dry vegetation.
“We’re staying ahead of this fire, which could easily get out of hand,” said acting Fire Management Officer Aaron Mier. “We expect we will be able to declare this one contained by Friday. This is a severe fire season and our resources are stretched thin,” 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.