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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/22/11
Contacts: Beth Hermanson, Public Information Officer    

Whooup Fire Update Number No. 9

At tonight’s Public Meeting, held at the Newcastle High School, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team “C” Incident Commander, Joe Lowe, responded to questions and concerns posed by members of the community.

Lowe had nothing but praise for the members of the cooperating and assisting agencies who are currently assigned to theWhoopup Fire. “One team, one fight” Lowe said, adding “No matter what agency or department we work for, we are all here to do one job, put out this fire.”

Crews and resources currently assigned to theWhoopup Fire include;Wyoming State Forestry Division, Weston County Sheriff’s Office, Custer (South Dakota) County Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management Newcastle Field Office, National Park Service, State of South Dakota, State ofWyoming, Weston County Fire Protection District, Bureau of Indian Affairs and US Fish andWildlife Service, in addition to many volunteer fire departments from around the region.

Lowe added, “Despite some challenges with the weather, we have made excellent progress on suppressing this fire, due mainly to the hard work and quick response from those firefighting resources that initially responded.”

Members of the community are encouraged to call the Fire Information Center with questions or concerns theymay have. The public can obtain Whoopup Fire Information at (307) 746-2539 or (307) 746-2643. The Information Center will be open daily from 8:00 am through 9:00 pm. Updated information can be found at

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Last updated: 07-22-2011