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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/21/11
Contacts: Beth Hermanson, Public Information Officer    
  (307) 746-2539    

Whoopup Fire Update No. 8

The former Barrel Fire, to the southeast is now considered a division of theWhoopup Fire. The fire in
that area grew towards the southwest last night. With todays predicted warmer and dryer weather, a
potential for additional spread is possible. Because of this, firemanagers are devoting additional ground
and air resources to that area. In the northern divisions of the fire, crews and engines continue to
monitor and improve firelines and provide structure protections.

A public fire informationmeeting will be held this evening at 5:00 p.m. in the Newcastle High School
auditorium, 111 Casper Ave. in Newcastle. 

Statistics of the Whoopup Fire:

  • Start date: July 17,2011 11:59 pm
  • Location: 10 miles southeast of Newcastle, Wyoming
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Estimated at 10,000 acres
  • Percent Contained: 40%
  • Cooperating and assisting agencies: Wyoming State Division of Forestry, Weston County
    Sheriff, South Dakota Custer County Sheriff’s Department, Forest Service, Bureau of Land
    Management Newcastle Field Office, National Park Service, State of South Dakota, State of
    Wyoming, Weston City Fire Protection District, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Fish andWildlife
  • The Incident Command Post is located at theWeston County Fairgrounds.
  • The public information center is now open at theWeston County Fairgrounds. It is located
    directly behind the grandstands in the black trailer. The information Center will be open from
    0800am to 0900pm daily. The phone number forWhoopup Fire Information is 307.746.2539. 
  • Updated information can be found at

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Newcastle Field Office   1101 Washington Boulevard       Newcastle, WY 82701-296  

Last updated: 07-21-2011