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August 28, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins,

Outlaw 2 Fire Update 3

Outlaw 2 continues to burn 20 miles southwest of Kaycee, WY in Johnson County. The fire is currently 12, 290 acres, and is 50 percent contained. The fire, reported at 4:04 p.m. on August 22, 2006, was started by lightning.

There are currently 4 fire crews, 30 engines, 2 dozers, and 2 water tenders. Air resources include 2 National Guard Black Hawk helicopters, and 1 interagency helicopter. There are 232 people total working on the Outlaw 2 Fire.

Cooler temperatures and precipitation last night helped suppression efforts. Crews were able to secure portions of fire line and mop up accessible areas of the fire perimeter.

According to Operations Section Chief Ralph Cardinal, “Crews took advantage of the favorable weather and were able to use a direct attack approach along the edge of the fire and move off of the roads into the heavy downed fuels. We will do more of the same today in anticipation of a warming trend next week.”

Incident Commander Steven Haines noted that the local communities and ranchers have been very supportive. “We would like to thank the Wold Family Ranch, Blue Creek Ranch, Buckingham Ranch, and the communities of Kaycee and Barnum for their help. We really appreciate all they have done for us,” said Haines.

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: wyfpet06@yahoo.com.