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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 08/26/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Paint Rock Fire Burning Near Medicine Lodge State Park

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD) and Big Horn County are engaged in suppressing the Paint Rock Fire, 20 miles northeast of Worland, Wyo.

aerial photo of the Paintrock Fire.
Aerial view of the Paint Rock Fire taken Thursday by Walter Blunt.
The active lightning caused fire started Thursday afternoon and has grown to approximately 500 acres on federal land. The fire is burning primarily in juniper, sagebrush and grass.

Firefighters are pursuing full suppression due to the fire’s proximity to Medicine Lodge State Park, which was temporarily evacuated on Thursday, and because of multiple fires in the region. The fire may be contained as early as Saturday evening.

Firefighting resources as of Friday include five engines, a hotshot crew, eight smokejumpers, a single engine air tanker and a helicopter. Additional resources have been ordered.

Acting WR/BBD fire management officer Ryan Sundberg urges the public to exercise caution in the area. “Please travel safely in the vicinity of the fire and obey any road closures for your own protection and the protection of the firefighters,” Sundberg said.

For more information, please contact Sundberg at 307-347-5188.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Wind River/Bighorn Basin District   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 08-26-2011