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Firefighters help reunite lost Wyoming sheep dog with his flock

A stray sheep dog near the Shale Creek Fire. (Bridger-Teton National Forest, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Firefighters responding to the Shale Creek Fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest south of Kemmerer “had an unexpected visitor” on Tuesday evening.

“A young, lost, hungry, but otherwise healthy sheep dog was found wandering near the line,” the Bridger-Teton National Forest said on Wednesday.

The fire is burning near livestock grazing permit areas and Bridger-Teton staff were able to re-unite the sheep dog with a grazing permit holder.

“When sheep and sheep-herders moved downhill and south away from the fire, it seems that this recent hire was left behind,” Bridger-Teton National Forest said. “He was reunited with his owners last night after a hike then a ride out on a support UTV. Hopefully, he’ll be back with his flock soon.”

A full suppression strategy is being implemented on the Shale Creek Fire because of structures, sage-grouse habitat and livestock grazing permit areas in the vicinity of the fire.

A closure order has been issued around the fire to allow firefighters to respond to the fire without risking public safety. The closure area is as follows: