July 16, 2007
Contact: Rey Adame
Lightning Starts Sheep Trail Fire
Lighting is believed to be the cause of the Sheep Trail Fire which began Sunday afternoon. The fire is located at Township 23 North, Range119 West -- south of Cokeville and east of U.S. Highway 30.
As of 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15, the size of the fire was estimated at 800 acres. A more definite fire size will be determined at daybreak on Monday. The fuel type (Type II) is grass and sagebrush. The fire is mostly on BLM-administered land, but some private and state-owned land was also burned.
A Type II air tanker was used to drop flame-retardant slurry on the fire. The BLM was assisted by firefighters from Lincoln County and the U.S. Forest Service in fighting the wildfire. A Type II hand crew and a helicopter are expected to also assist starting on Monday.
Voluntary evacuations occurred, but no structures were damaged or lost and no one was injured.
No unauthorized personnel or unescorted media are allowed in or near the fire zone. For more information on the Sheep Trail Fire, contact Rey Adame at (307) 352-0399 or the Kemmerer BLM at (307) 828-4500.