Evacuations ordered as fire east of Yellowstone grows to 10,320 acres

(U.S. Forest Service-Shoshone National Forest, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Fishhawk Fire east of Yellowstone National Park and 40 miles west of Cody has grown to 10,320 acres.

The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Blue Team took over management of the fire on Thursday morning with Mike Haydon as the incident commander.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for cabins in the Kitty Creek drainage and the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp by the Park County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

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“A mandatory evacuation notice means that residents of cabins/residences in these areas need to leave the area immediately due to the encroaching Fishhawk Fire,” an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service on Inciweb states. “Property can be replaced. Human lives cannot.”

“An informational staging area has been established for evacuees in the Cody Courthouse parking lot for questions relating to the evacuation.”

For information about evacuating livestock, people are asked to contact Jamey Morlan at the Park County Fairgrounds at 307-250-0634 or 307-899-2200.

“The fire has had significant growth to the north,” Thursday’s update says. “Hotshot crews were staged at the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp to monitor the fire throughout the night.”

“Today, structure protection work continues in the North Fork corridor. Firefighters have been building fire line around structures in Kitty Creek in addition to implementing structure protection around nearby lodges.”

The southern edge of the fire will be monitored from the air due to safety concerns and difficult terrain.

Smoke from the fire may decrease visibility on US Highway 14/16/20, the release adds. Drivers are asked to use caution and reduce speeds if necessary.

Weather on Thursday may bring thunderstorms after 3 pm. The report says there is possible lightning and rain. 10-20 mph winds out of the west are forecast.

Temperatures will in in the 70s with a humidity of 30-35%.

The Shoshone National Forest has implemented an area closure around the Fishhawk Fire for public safety. For a map of closure area please go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone.

Areas of the Shoshone National Forest have been closed due to the fire. This map shows the restricted areas:

“The purpose of this Order is to protect natural resources and public safety due to the impacts of the wildland fire, associated fire incident management, and fire rehabilitation activities,” the U.S. Forest Service says. “The Restricted Area is closed to all travel and use.”