PHOTOS: Wildfire west of Wheatland 40% contained, highway open

The Clemons wildfire. This photo was posted to InciWeb on Thursday, July 9. (Photo via InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — A wildfire burning in Sybille Canyon west of Wheatland is 40% contained as of 10:47 am Friday, June 10, according to updates on InciWeb.

The “Clemons” wildfire was first discovered at about 6 pm Wednesday and led to the closure of WY 34 north of Laramie between Bosler and the Albany/Platte County line. As of 11:45 am Friday, WY 34 is open, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The wildfire’s size is still listed as about 290 acres, the same as what was reported to InciWeb by Melissa Mokry with Wyoming State Forestry at about 1:15 pm Thursday. Fuel type for the fire includes grass, sage and scattered timber.

(Photo via InciWeb)

Friday, crews plan to “continue to mop up and hold the fire within the perimeter,” the InciWeb report states. “Currently there are 4 helitack, 8 engines, 1 hotshot crew, and 1 Type 2 handcrew assisting with operations.”

110 personnel are responding to the fire, down from 147 reported on Thursday.

“A red flag warning is in effect for later today,” InciWeb says of weather concerns regarding the wildfire. “There is the potential for gusty winds this afternoon and evening. Low humidity is expected. Tomorrow there will be a break in the winds. Potential for red flag conditions on Sunday.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Various agencies, including Wyoming State Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Platte County and Albany County were reported as responding on Thursday. BJ Clark and Travis Pardue are incident commanders.

(Photo via InciWeb)