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Release Date: 07/22/11
Contacts: Beth Hermanson, Public Information Officer    
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Whoopup Fire Update No. 10

Crews on the northern sections of the Whoopup Fire continue to patrol and improve containment lines and structural protection areas. The Ferguson and Whoopup Gulch areas are considered fairly secure. Firefighters are continuing to improve and mop-up the area.

On the area formerly known as the Barrel Fire, currently known as Divisions L, M and T in the southeastern part of the fire. Firefighters will be improving fire line with a firing operation today. Resident may see heavy smoke in the area. Yesterday four heavy air tankers and four heavy helicopters worked the western fire perimeter to allow ground forces to safely build indirect containment lines. “Higher temperatures and lower relatives humidity’s could bring challenges to firefighters today”, stated Jay Esperance, Deputy Incident Commander. Night crews continued to improve and build fireline throughout the night, and, and day crews will do so today. When the lines are completed and the weather is favorable, burning out operations will be conducted.

Whoopup Fire at a Glance:

  • Location: 10 miles southeast of Newcastle, Wyoming
  • Cause: Lightning.
  • Size: 8,884 acres, (lower acreage due to more accurate mapping)
  • 60% contained.
  • Date reported: July 17, 2011 11:59 pm.
  • Equipment and Personnel: 4 Type I Firefighting Crews, 11 Type II Firefighting Crews, 75 Engines, 4 Type I helicopters, 1 type III helicopter, 4 heavy air tankers, 6 dozers. Total personnel assigned 688.
  • Structures: 50 threatened; 1 outbuilding destroyed.
  • Injuries: None

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Last updated: 07-22-2011