New wildfires in Johnson and Albany Counties this weekend

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CASPER, Wyo– At least 2 new wildfires started Saturday in Wyoming, according to reporting agencies Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC) and the Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD).

Eckland Fire- Johnson County

(RMACC) reported Saturday afternoon, July 11 it was sending an Air Attack and 2 SEATs (Single Engine Air Tankers) to a new fire start in Johnson County.

RMACC maps placed the fire just east of I-25/US-87 halfway between Kaycee and Buffalo. It was initially listed at 150 acres. RMACC later reported that the fire had burned 482 acres.

Oil City News was unable to contact Johnson County Fire District on Saturday, but on Sunday the Johnson County Sheriff’s office confirmed that fire officials had contained the fire overnight and were continuing to mop up.

Cabin Fire

The Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) is reporting that the “Cabin fire” began at 5:12 pm Saturday in Albany County at the south end of the Laramie Range. Albany County Fire District #1 and 3 Type 1 handcrews, 2 Type IA crews, 3 helicopters, air attack, are forming a containment line on rugged terrain.

The fire, which is estimated at 150 acres, is about 19 miles north of the Clemons fire, which started Wednesday west of Wheatland. WSFD reported that resources on the Clemons fire had been diverted Saturday to the Cabin Fire.

Clemons Fire

WSFD said Sunday that command on the Clemons fire had transferred to the Flathead hotshot crew and a total of 20 personnel who were monitoring the fire, which was 80% contained on Sunday morning.