Fishhawk Fire near Cody not currently a threat to homes; areas closed

Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

CASPER, Wyo. — The Fishhawk Fire west of Cody has burned about 2,000 acres in the Fishhawk Drainage and has spread into the Sheep Creek area.

Due to the complexity of the fire, a Type 2 Team 1 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the fire, according to Kristie Salzmann, the fire’s public information officer.

The incident commander was in an aircraft Tuesday morning to help further assess the extent of the fire and its potential growth.

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Salzmann says the fire is not currently a threat to structures, but could be if it were to move north toward the North Fork Highway.

She adds that the area the fire is in now in an area too dangerous for fire crews to approach, with a large amount of dead, standing trees.

The incident management team will monitor the fire for now, and fire crews would get involved were the fire to move toward developed areas.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Some trails have been closed for public safety as listed on Inciweb:

  • Fishhawk Trail
  • Kitty Creek Trail
  • Blackwater Trail

Salzmann said that other closures will be posted to Inciweb on Tuesday.

The fire was initially reported on Tuesday evening. An initial flight estimated it to be at 500 acres, but the fire spread to about 2,000 acres with “erratic, gusting winds.”

Salzmann says that the weather is expected to be warm and dry, so the incident management team is anticipating the fire will continue to grow.

“A public meeting for the Fishhawk Fire will be held at Yellowstone Valley Inn (3324 N. Fork Hwy, Cody, Wy) at 6pm on Tuesday, September 3rd,” the Inciweb report adds.