August 25, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins,
Fire Update: Outlaw 2 Fire
Outlaw 2 continues to burn 20 miles southwest of Kaycee, WY in Johnson County. The fire is currently 11,000 acres, and 10 percent contained. The fire, reported at 4:04 p.m. on August 22, 2006, was started by lightning.
There are currently 3 crews, 24 engines and 2 dozers at the fire. Air resources include 2 National Guard Black Hawk helicopters and 1 interagency helicopter. There are 158 people total working on the Outlaw 2 Fire.
The fire increased in size yesterday and made a run up the Middle Fork of the Powder River Canyon toward Bar C Ranch. The Nate Champion historical cabin was lost along with one shed. Three ranches continue to be threatened and the residents have been notified and are ready to evacuate if needed.
According to Incident Commander Steven Haines, “The low temperatures and precipitation today from a cool front in the area will give us a chance to use a direct attack approach and catch the north end of the fire. If all goes well today this could be the turning point of the fire.”
Steven Haines noted that fire crews will be unable to use a direct attack approach on the fire in the canyon. It is not safe for crews or aircraft due to the steep rugged terrain. Crews will catch the fire as it comes up out of the canyon.
Firefighter and public safety is the top priority for the Outlaw 2 Fire. Please refrain from driving into the fire area if you are not part of the suppression efforts.
Everyone living in the wildland urban interface should consider ways to make their property firewise. Create and maintain defensible space around structures and utilize fire resistant building materials. For more information see www.firewise.org or www.rockymountainwildlandfire.info. The National Fire Prevention team stationed in Casper provides defensible space assessments. If you would like to schedule one for your property call: 307-251-0567or email: email@example.com.