VIDEO: Skull Creek Fire grows to 1,000 acres as new fires pop up around Upton, Wyoming - Casper, WY Oil City News
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VIDEO: Skull Creek Fire grows to 1,000 acres as new fires pop up around Upton, Wyoming

(Photo by Dick Terry with Wyoming State Forestry via Weston County Emergency Management)

CASPER, Wyo. — Weather has been challenging firefighters responding to the Skull Creek Fire in northeast Wyoming, according to Weston County Fire Warden Daniel Tysdal.

The fire burning about six miles northwest of Osage had grown to about 1,000 acres as of Thursday evening, according to a press release shared by Weston County Emergency Management.

In addition to the lightning-caused Skull Creek Fire, firefighters have had to respond to other starts in the area, including one human-caused fire, and more starts are expected.

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“Weston County, Wyoming State Forestry Division and Thunder Basin National Grassland resources also responded to three new starts yesterday afternoon in the Upton area,” Tysdal’s message shared Friday morning states. “One along Hwy 16 west of Upton that was human caused and two additional lightning fires in the Dry Creek area. Further fires are expected today, as there was little to no rain with that passing storm.”

Tysdal said that despite howling winds and a Red Flag Warning in the area of the Skull Creek Fire, firefighters were successful Thursday in “constructing, holding and securing containment lines and steering the fire around the Sundown Trail subdivision.”

That subdivision is in pre-evacuation stage, according to fire managers.

“There is still much work to complete to ensure the fire is contained but progress seems promising,” Tysdal said.