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Fish Fire now contained to 73%; cooler and wetter weather assisting firefighters

Photo of weather conditions at fire personnel's camp, posted Saturday morning. (FishFire_SD/Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Fish Fire seven miles south of Sundance has been 73% contained, according to a 9 a.m. update on InciWeb on Saturday.

Yesterday, “work mirrored the last several days with firefighters conducting ‘search and destroy’ heat missions on firelines,” Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1 reported. Predicted weather conditions like higher humidity, rain and lower temperatures benefited firefighters, keeping fire activity minimal and allowing them to strengthen firelines.

As evacuations have been lifted since Friday morning, the update warned residents returning to their homes that there may still be fire activity nearby. “Smoke and possible isolated flare-ups may occur for several weeks within the fire area as the fire burns through fuels on the interior such as dead or downed trees,” the team wrote. Firefighting vehicles will also be present on roads in the area, with the public instructed to use caution when driving.

An area closure remains in effect on the Black Hills National Forest. Additionally, as with all other wildfires, the area is a no-fly zone for unauthorized aircraft, including drones.

Currently, the fire is 6793 acres in size, with a total of 466 personnel working to fight it. Saturday will be “cooler and wetter with a continued chance for thunderstorms,” with highs in the 70s, 40–60% humidity and possible rain showers. Fire activity will be minimal, according to the update, with no expected spread, “although interior pockets may burn later in the week as fuels dry out and temperatures warm up.”

The Fish Fire was initially reported on July 31. Personnel suspect it to have been human-caused, and its origin is still under investigation.

Information Phone: 307-363-0046

Email: 2022.fish.sd@firenet.gov

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8294/

Youtube: https://youtu.be/mFmGW7aLDQ8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishFireSD/

Interactive Webmap: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0282bb2ef0fe4767a837859ba1c3c6f4