VIDEO: 5,295-acre Deer Creek 2 Fire in NE Wyoming 50% contained - Casper, WY Oil City News
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VIDEO: 5,295-acre Deer Creek 2 Fire in NE Wyoming 50% contained

A Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) drops retardant on the Deer Creek 2 Fire. (Screenshot from Deer Creek 2 Fire Information video, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The 5,295-acre Deer Creek 2 Fire burning in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan County is 50% contained, according to Friday morning updates from the Bureau of Land Management.

The fire was initially discovered on Monday afternoon and experienced rapid growth early in the week before rainfall overnight Wednesday helped decrease the blaze’s activity.

Friday is expected to see temperatures reach 88 degrees with 30% humidity and a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the area in the late afternoon, according to fire managers. Winds in the afternoon could gust up to 25 mph.

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The fire was started by a burning coal seam that surfaced and ignited dry fuels in the area. It is unknown how the coal seam itself ignited or how long it has been burning.

In addition to ground crews, various air resources have been responding to the fire. Deer Creek Fire 2 Information shared some video on Thursday of air resources fighting the fire via Facebook:

The fire is burning on federal, state and private lands in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan Counties with federal, state and local county agencies responding. No structures or cultural sites have reportedly been impacted and no road closures or evacuations are in place.

Further information on the fire is available via InciWeb.