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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 08/09/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM and Partners Make Progress on Sheep Park Wildfire

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District, in coordination with Fremont County, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service and Wyoming State Forestry, made good progress on the Sheep Park Wildfire, burning on BLM-managed land 9 miles south of Jeffrey City.

The Sheep Park Wildfire has burned an estimated 528 acres and is approximately 90% contained. Firefighters were able to mop-up the perimeter of the fire, however interior smoke may continue to be seen. The wildfire, started by lightning on August 6, is burning in sagebrush, grass and timber.

"The BLM appreciates the cooperation received from county and state coordinators and federal agencies involved in helping us make significant progress towards containing the fire," said BLM Lander Assistant Field Manager Rube Vigil. "In these types of conditions, it was important to attack the fire aggressively to prevent it from spreading into heavy fuels at the top of the mountain."

Outdoor recreationists are urged to use caution or avoid the area entirely since fire behavior can change suddenly and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.

Please report all wildfires immediately to the Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9954 or to 911.

Wyoming wildfire updates can be found on BLM Wyoming’s Facebook and Twitter pages at and

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.

Wind River/Bighorn Basin District   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 08-09-2012