Squirrel Creek Fire PM Update 7-6
Incident: Squirrel Creek Wildfire
July 6, 2012
Location: Medicine Bow National Forest, Albany County, Wyoming
Date & Time of Fire Start: June 30, 2012 1:00 p.m. Cause: Human Caused
Size: 10,921 acres Containment: 75 percent Estimated Containment Date: July 8, 2012
Management: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Rocky Opliger, Incident Commander
Cooperating Agencies: Albany County Rural Fire District #1, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Albany County Sheriff's Department, Laramie Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, American Cross, Wyoming Highway Patrol
Fire Status: Rain fell over the fire area today, and fire activity was minimal. Cooler, wetter conditions allowed firefighters to continue to construct and strengthen firelines, increasing containment to seventy-five percent. Fire activity is expected to remain minimal through the night and into tomorrow, as continued wet weather occurs throughout the area.
Hand Crews: 21 Engines: 42 Dozers: 8 Water Tenders: 6 Helicopters: 5
Total Personnel: 751
Public Meeting: A public meeting to provide an update on the fire situation will be held in Centennial, at the Centennial Valley Community Church tomorrow night, July 7th, at 6:30 p.m.
Evacuation and Closure Update: The evacuation center located at the Albany County Fairgrounds closed today. Detailed evacuation and road closure information may be found at: http://www.co.albany.wy.us/ . For Livestock Evacuations contact Dale Bratton, Wyoming Livestock Board, at (307) 777-6437. For Road Closure information call 1-888-425-7138.
To provide for public safety, the Medicine Bow National Forest has closed the following areas to public access: areas North of Highway 230; areas east of Forest Road 512 (Platte Access Road) between Hwy. 230 and the junction of Forest Road 512 and 517; areas south and east of Forest Road 517 (Dry Park Road); the Fox Creek Road between Highway 11 and Highway 230; and all National Forest System lands surrounding Sheep Mountain.
Special Note: Due to reduced fire activity, one evening Fire Update will be provided each day beginning tomorrow. As containment is increased on the Squirrel Creek Fire, crews are being temporarily staged in order be available to respond to new fires within the region.
Further information, including photos and maps, please go to http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2970/ or http://wildlandsfire.info/ . Fire Information Officers may be reached by calling: (307) 721-4445 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.