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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/02/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Upper Bee Wildfire Nears Full Containment


Firefighters made progress throughout the weekend towards the full containment of the Upper Bee Wildfire, east of Spring Creek Road and within the Otter Creek Drainage south of Ten Sleep.

“Helicopters dropped water on the hot spots in the canyon all day Saturday and crews were able to safely access the fire within the canyon to construct a solid fireline,” said Incident Commander Russ Wenke.

Firefighters then spent Sunday patrolling and mopping-up in the canyon. The Upper Bee Wildfire is now 95 percent contained and full containment is expected on Monday.

The Otter Creek Wildfire north of Big Trails between Wyo. State Highway 434 and Red Gulch Road, has been 100 percent contained since Thursday. Firefighters continue to monitor the area.

Management of the fires transitioned on Sunday night from Wenke’s Type 3 Incident Management Team to the BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Fire Crew in cooperation with the Ten Sleep Fire District.

The fire danger rating throughout Wyoming is extreme. Please continue to use caution. Report all wildfires immediately to the Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9954 or to 911.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-02-2012