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PHOTO GALLERY: Crews fight wildfire near Glenrock on Tuesday

Aircraft attack a wildfire near Glenrock on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – A wildfire west of Glenrock near US 20 burned approximately 252 acres, one structure and three outbuildings on Tuesday, July 7, according to Evansville Fire Chief Leo Malsom.

Malsom said on Wednesday that the fire, which was first reported on Tuesday, also damaged some heavy equipment in the outbuildings. The fire burned entirely within Converse County.

As crews worked on the ground, numerous planes and at least one helicopter attacked the fire from the air. A helicopter used nearby Big Muddy Pond to refill with water as people pulled their vehicles into the access area to watch.

Nate Ackerman watched a grass fire from the Big Muddy Pond access area on Tuesday afternoon. Ackerman was on his way home to Rolling Hills when he was forced to stop after US 20 was closed due to the fire. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Malsom along with investigators from Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming State Forestry are tasked with investigating the fire, which has been contained.

A number of agencies responded to the fire, including:

  • . Glenrock Volunteer Fire Department
  • Douglas Volunteer Fire Department
  • Converse County Rural Firefighters
  • Evansville Fire Department
  • Natrona County Fire District
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Wyoming State Forestry