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Firefighters establish 7% containment on Wyoming’s Sand Creek Fire

Sand Creek Fire on Saturday, Sept. 11. (Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team, InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — Firefighting crews have been able to establish 7% containment of the Sand Creek Fire that is burning west of Lander on Shoshone National Forest and Bureau and Land Management–administered lands.

A Tuesday morning update from the Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team said that while the fire has been 7% contained, an updated estimate on the size of the fire awaits a multi-mission aircraft flight over the fire.

The flight will also aim to detect hotspots near the perimeter of the fire.

Fire crews were able to work directly on the west and north edges of the fire on Monday. That led to the ability to establish 7% containment of the fire.

“This fire is being managed under a full suppression strategy, ensuring all actions reflect a commitment to incident personnel safety and public safety,” the update notes.

149 personnel are assigned to the fire, which was last estimated at 749 acres in size.

Crews on Tuesday were expected to continue direct fire line construction.

“Division Alpha will work the north and west sides of the fire, and division Delta will work the northeast edge of the fire, allowing resources to be shifted through the divisions if needed,” the incident management team says. “Division Sierra will continue to access the west and south side of the fire, scouting for possible burn out operation locations. The North Fork Structure group, which includes night shift, will continue to monitor the area. Aerial resources will continue support of crews and conduct water drops on active areas of the fire and areas inaccessible to ground resources.”

A road closure on the Wind River Reservation is in effect due to the fire. Moccasin Lake Road and Dickinson Park Road are closed at the order of the Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game Department.

Further information on the fire is available via InciWeb.