UPDATE: Responders make short time establishing 70% on fire near Poison Spider Road - Casper, WY Oil City News
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UPDATE: Responders make short time establishing 70% on fire near Poison Spider Road

(Bureau of Land Management Wyoming})

CASPER, Wyo. — Fire crews on the ground and in the air have established an estimated 70% containment of a wildfire near Poison Spider Road.

Natrona County Fire District Fire Chief Brian Oliver had estimated the fire as 0% contained at about 6:10 pm Monday, Aug. 3. By about 7:15 pm, Oliver provided the following update: “Fire is knocked down, we are [at] about 70% containment.”

Multiple agencies responded to the wildfire which the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming referred to as the “Poison Spider 2” wildfire.

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(Natrona County Fire District)

Air resources including Helitack crews and two State of Wyoming Single Engine Air tankers responding, according to NCFD and BLM Wyoming.

Oliver said in his initial 6:10 pm update that the fire had burned an estimated 100 acres near Poison Spider Road, Zero Road and 12 Mile Road. Winds had initially led to growth of the fire before crews established more contaiment.

“It’s moving pretty good right now,” Oliver said at 6:10 pm.

Oliver added that no structures were thought to be immediately threatened by the wildfire, but that structural assessments were underway.

Oliver said that air resources, including a large air tanker, were responding to the fire.

Agencies and crews involved in the response include:

  • Natrona County Fire District
  • BLM Wyoming
  • Bar Nunn Fire Department
  • Mills Fire Department
  • Wyoming State Helitack
  • severity resources

Oliver added that no determination of cause has been made but that the fire was most likely started by lightning.

Oil City will provide updates on the fire as those become available.