CASPER, Wyo. — The “Neiber” wildifre south of Worland has grown to about 7,800 acres, the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming said in an update at about 4:30 pm Wednesday, July 15. The growth of the fire was attributed to hot, dry and windy conditions.
BLM Wyoming said at about 10 am that the fire was at about 2,000 acres and 50% contained. The containment estimate had decreased to 40% according to the afternoon update.
“We will be transitioning to a Type 3 Incident Management Team and additional firefighting resources have been ordered,” BLM Wyoming added. “Firefighters from several agencies are working hard to overcome the challenges of the difficult terrain. Please avoid the Neiber Road area to allow quick access for firefighting crews and resources.”
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More air resources were ordered to respond to the wlidfire on Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center said at about 1 pm.
“A VLAT (very large air tanker-DC-10 size) has been ordered to help other air and ground firefighters working the incident,” RMACC said. “The VLAT can carry almost 11,000 gal. of retardant.”
BLM Wyoming reported that the fire was burning in an area with grass and sagebrush as fuel types. RMACC saud the fire is in the Pistol Draw.
Both air and ground resources responded to the fire on Tuesday evening. RMACC added that two Type 2 Initial Attack crews were dispatched to the fire on Wednesday morning out of Idaho and South Dakota.
BLM Wyoming said that response on Tuesday included Washakie and Hot Springs County firefighters, Bighorn and Shoshone National Forests, and the BLM.
“Several engines, two helicopters and four SEATs are working the fire, and several handcrews and other resources were ordered,” BLM Wyoming said on Wednesday morning. “Firefighters are mapping the fire this morning. This fire has potential to spread under current hot and dry conditions. Please do your part to to prevent human-caused wildfires.”