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Strong winds expected to increase fire activity as Wyoming’s Sand Creek Fire grows to 907 acres

Sand Creel Fire on Monday. (Photo Credit Dick Terry, Division Alpha)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Red Flag Warning is in effect through Thursday in the area of the Sand Creek Fire that is burning west of Lander on Shoshone National Forest and Bureau and Land Management–administered lands.

Fire activity is expected to increase under the Red Flag conditions, according to a Wednesday update from the Wyoming Type 3 Incident Management Team that is in charge of response to the fire.

Winds at 25-35 mph were expected on Wednesday, with critical fire weather conditions expected to persist Thursday and into some of Friday.

The fire was mapped at 907 acres based on a multi-mission aircraft flight conducted on Tuesday, according to the Wyoming Type 3 IMT. Most of that growth occurred on Sunday.

Firefighters continued constructing direct fire line on Tuesday and were able to increase containment to 30% along the fire’s west and north edges. Firefighters are pursuing a full suppression strategy.

“Both division Alpha and Delta will continue direct line construction today
as well as mop-up operations including addressing hotspots near the fire
line edge,” the Wyoming Type 3 IMT said Wednesday. “Division Sierra will prep for possible burn out operation if needed. The North Fork Structure group including the night shift will continue to monitor the area.”

“The two Type 1 helicopters and one Type 3 helicopter will continue aerial
water drops on active areas of the fire and conduct reconnaissance flights if needed to provide information to ground crews.”

A road closure on the Wind River Reservation remains in effect. The Shoshone and Arapaho Fish and Game have issued a road closure for
the Moccasin Lake Road and Dickinson Park Road.

Further information is available from InciWeb.