CASPER, Wyo. — Two helicopters, two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), and 5 engines are responding to a wildfire west of Wheatland in Sybille Canyon, according to InciWeb.
The wildfire is called the “Clemons” wildfire and was initially discovered at about 6 pm Wednesday, July 8. InciWeb says the cause of the fire is under investigation and lists Wyoming State Forestry as responding to the fire.
While InciWeb reported the size of the fire at 282 acres as of about 10:30 am Thursday, the National Weather Service in Cheyenne said at 11 am that the fire had “rapidly intensified and increased in coverage to over 1000 acres as of earlier this morning.”
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InciWeb reported weather concerns related to the fire include dry conditions on Thursday with westerly winds.
“There is currently a fire weather watch out for the area of the fire,” InciWeb said, adding that Friday there is a potential for winds to increase in the area.
The fire has closed WY 34 north of Laramie between Bosler and the Albany/Platte County line, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The closure went into effect as of 8:10 am Thursday, July 9.
Oil City attempted to reach out to Wyoming State Forestry for further information about the fire, but did not receive an immediate reply. We will provide further updates as those become available.