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140 personnel now working Sand Creek Fire in Shoshone National Forest

Sand Creek Fire on 9/11/ 21 (BLM Lander Office, InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — Command on the Sand Creek Fire west of Lander transferred to a Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team Saturday night, according to an update from Shoshone National Forest officials.

There are 140 personnel now working the fire, which began Thursday and grew exponentially Friday night in strong thunderstorm winds, County10 reported. It is burning in the remote and rugged terrain of the Washakie Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest.

The fire was mapped at 749 acres during a mid-morning aerial survey Saturday. 

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“This fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy, ensuring all actions reflect a commitment to incident personnel safety and public safety,” incident command said.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph Sunday are creating near critical fire weather conditions, though there is a chance of wetting rain from a cold front Sunday night.

The operational plan for Sunday includes aerial water drops on areas of heat within the fire and along the fire edge, while ground crews “will be utilizing existing roads, trails, and natural features to keep the fire footprint as small as practicable.”

Crews will also scout opportunities for direct or indirect lines. Assessment on structure protection needs will be conducted in the North Fork Popo Agie corridor and the Dickinson Park area.

The Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game have issued a road closure for the Moccasin Lake and Dickinson Park Road located within the Wind River Indian Reservation, as the fire is within a quarter-mile of the reservation.