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Wildfire threatening oil and gas wells west of Big Piney

Smoke from the Soda Lake Fire (Bridger-Teton National Firest, InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — Firefighting crews are battling a wildfire located west of Big Piney that is putting multiple resources, including oil and gas wells, at risk, the Bridger-Teton National Forest said on Wednesday.

The 80-acre Soda Lake Fire was first reported at around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Thunderstorms are expected to bring strong winds to the fire area, with erratic fire behavior possible.

“We still have concerns over the extreme amount of timber and fuels in the area that will continue to challenge our operations,” Big Piney District Ranger Rob Hoelscher said in the update.

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Aviation and ground resources were immediately dispatched to the fire on Tuesday. Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the fire on Wednesday morning.

Four crews representing local and federal agencies are working to fully suppress the fire, according to the update.

“Light, medium, and heavy helicopters have also been assigned to the fire to assess its size and behavior and support firefighting on the ground,” the update adds. “Large Air Tankers have also flown multiple missions to assist in slowing fire spread.”

The fire is active just south of Soda Lake in the South Cottonwood Creek drainage.

“This landscape near Lander Peak is a mixture of subalpine fir, sage, and meadows. This area is approximately three miles from the forest boundary with Bureau of Land Management, state, and private land,” the Bridger-Teton National Forest said.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest provided further information regarding the fire as follows: