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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 06/26/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Fighting Two Wildfires South of Ten Sleep

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD), in coordination with Washakie County and the U.S. Forest Service, is fighting two wildfires on BLM-managed land south of Ten Sleep.

The Otter Creek Wildfire is 4.5 miles north of Big Trails, between Wyo. State Highway 434 and Red Gulch Road, and has burned an estimated 500 acres. The Upper Bee Wildfire is approximately 15 miles southeast of Ten Sleep and has burned an estimated 20 acres.

The wildfires, started by lightning, are burning in juniper, sagebrush and grass. Fire activity has included short crown runs and spot fires, driven northeast by high winds. Several structures in the area are threatened.

“The high winds, dry fuels and accessibility issues are making it difficult for firefighters to safely engage the wildfires,” said WR/BBD Fire Management Officer Chuck Russell. “We are pursuing containment while providing for firefighter safety and the protection of threatened structures.”

Dispatched resources include several engines, a fuels crew, two Type 2 hand crews, two helicopters, a single engine air tanker, a heavy air tanker and eight smokejumpers from Boise, Idaho.

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.

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: 06-26-2012