CASPER, Wyo. — Air resources helped slow a fire burning near the Painter Gas Plant in southwest Wyoming on Wednesday night, according to Uinta County Fire and Ambulance.
“Several retardant drops last night were instrumental in helping slow the Painter Fire, allowing crews to get the upper hand,” their Thursday morning update states. “With numerous pipelines, the gas plant, livestock and windmills in the area, the need to quickly battle the fire was important.”
Uinta County Fire and Ambulance said at about 9:20 am that the fire is about 25% contained and has burned approximately 850 acres. They added that crews would work to fortify fire lines and establish further containment throughout the morning.
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“Weather is forecasted to have gusty winds and low humidity again this afternoon,” the update adds. “Two helicopters will be on the fire this morning assisting crews with drops to keep fire from growing.”
GPS mapping will be used Thursday to get a more precise estimate of the fire’s size.
“Crews on scene [are]from Uinta County, BLM and 3 engines from Worland who came over from the Richard Mountain Fire south of Rock Springs,” Uinta County Fire and Ambulance said.