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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 07/20/11
Contacts: Beth Hermanson, Public Information Officer    

Whoopup Fire Update No. 5

At 6:00 pm this evening the Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team, Joe Lowe, Incident Commander, assumed command of the Whoopup Fire. The fire continued to burn aggressively today due to dry fuels, steep terrain, and extreme weather conditions. Firefighters will continue to improve firelines and patrol the perimeter throughout the night.

Statistics of the Whoopup Fire:

  • Start date: July 17,2011 11:59 pm
  • Location: 10 miles south of Newcastle, Wyoming
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Size: 5,544
  • Percent Contained: 10%
  • Homes Evacuated: 14 in Wyoming and 2 in South Dakota were evacuated in the evening of July 16, 2011
  • Cooperating and assisting agencies: Wyoming State Division of Forestry, Weston County Sheriff’s, South Dakota Custer County Sheriff’s Department, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, State of South Dakota, State of Wyoming, Weston County, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish and Wildlife Services

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: 07-20-2011