Crews rebuild some containment after Sand Creek Fire spots, grows over weekend

Water bucket drop on Sand Creek Fire (Credit: Dick Terry, USFS Shoshone National Forest, InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — Federal fire managers on the Sand Creek Fire west of Lander have regained some containment after spot fires over the weekend resulted in some fire growth, according to Monday’s update from the Shoshone National Forest.

High winds on Friday caused “a 22-acre slop over”, growing the fire to 929 acres and reducing containment from 51% to 44%.

40-mph wind gusts with a passing cold front Sunday prevented the use of some helicopter water drops and limited direct engagement on spot fires.

Two additional crews arrived over the weekend and were able to build some direct containment line on the primary spot fire. Crews will continue that work and patrol for additional spot fires and extinguish them when it is safe to do so Monday. The fire remained at 929 acres on Sunday, and containment has increased to 45%.

Decreased winds and higher humidity expected Monday should decrease fire behavior, the update said.

The fire started Thursday, September 9 and grew exponentially the following night in strong thunderstorm winds. The cause is unknown.

It is currently being managed by a Wyoming Type 4 team.

The video below is of a water drop Friday at the confluence of Sand Creek and the North Popo Agie River (Video credit: Grant Martin, Shoshone National Forest)