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Release Date: 07/18/11
Contacts: Beth Doten    
  Whoopup Fire Information    
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Whooup Fire Update No. 1

Officials are evacuating fourteen homes in Feguson Canyon sub-division and two South Dakota resident homes south of Highway 16.

The 2,500 acre Whoop Up fire was reported this morning at 1 a.m. on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land about 2 ½ miles west of Elk Mountain Lookout, approximately 10 miles southeast of Newcastle, Wyo.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The estimated size at this time is 2,500 acres.

A Type II fire incident team has been ordered.

The fire is 0 percent contained.

Special concerns include: high temperature, erratic winds, and flashy grass fuel.

Initial responding units include state, federal, county resources, air support, and fire overhead, along with volunteer fire departments from nearby communities.

The cooperation between the firefighting agencies has been tremendous,” said Jay Esperance, BLM, Fire Management Officer. “Firefighters are fighting the fire aggressively to contain it safely. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.”

Esperance said the public should be aware of the high temperatures that are expected through the next few days and should use extra caution while in the woods. “The current fire danger throughout the Black Hills is moderate to very high,” said Esperance.

Two firefighters have been treated for heat related incidents and one firefighter for a fall related injury.

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.

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Last updated: 07-20-2011