CASPER, Wyo. — The Deer Creek 2 Fire, burning in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan County, has burned an estimated 5,295 acres and is 35% contained as of around 3:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Bureau of Land Management updates posted to InciWeb.
About 100 personnel are assigned to the fire, which was originally discovered off of Echeta Road on Monday evening. The fire was caused by a burning coal seam that surfaced and ignited dry fuels in the area. It is unknown how the coal seam ignited or how long it has been burning.
Moisture and cooler temperatures have been helping decrease activity on the fire.
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“Vegetation is becoming sparse and there is no mop up necessary,” the BLM says. “No structures are impacted or have been lost. Most of this fire is not accessible by engines, but federal, state and local fire resources from Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan Counties are still working hard on suppression activities. It is now muddy which is a new challenge the fire fighters are dealing with.”