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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/26/11
Contacts: Sheila French, Public Information Officer    
  (307) 746-8311    

Whoopup Fire Update No. 11

Firefighters are cleaning up after the 10,675 acre Whoopup Fire is now at 100 percent containment. An Interagency Type III Incident Management Team has accepted the transfer of command from the Type II Incident Management Team as of Monday, July 25th at 7:00 pm. The Incident Command Post has been relocated to the Newcastle High School. The public information number has been changed to 307.746.8311.

Crews will continue to work in the area however, operations will scale back as the workload determines. Objectives include patrolling and mopping up fireline, rehabbing water features, and repairing fencelines and roadways. Rehabilitation of dozer and fire lines will continue to take place within the containment boundary. Heavy vehicle traffic can be expected.

Residents should expect to see smoke in the area for the next several days. Although firefighters have reached 100 percent containment, there may still be some unburned pockets of fuel burning deep within the fire perimeter.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is preparing its initial post fire assessment. They will recommend treatments to stabilize natural resources and protect cultural resources. A variety of techniques may be used to mitigate erosion and reduce noxious weed spread potential.

“We appreciate the work and safety record accomplished by Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team C”, said Incident Commander Aaron Thompson. At the peak of the incident on July 23, 2011 there were 870 personnel working on burnout operations. Due to the success of the operation resources have steadily demobilized.

Cooperating and assisting agencies include: Wyoming State Forestry Division, 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 County Fire Protection District, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.

Newcastle Field Office   1101 Washington Boulevard      Newcastle, WY 82701-2968  

Last updated: 07-26-2011