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Wyoming’s Sand Creek Fire sees no active growth and favorable weather; still 45% contained

Smokejumpers on the Sand Creek Fire on September 15. (Credit: Grant Martin, USFS Shoshone National Forest)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Sand Creek that is burning west of Lander on Shoshone National Forest and Bureau and Land Management–administered lands saw no active growth on Monday and remains at 929 acres, according to a Tuesday morning update from the U.S. Forest Service.

“With minimal fire activity and favorable weather, the current Type 3 incident management team will transition to a Type 4 team tonight at 8:00 p.m.,” the update states.

The fire area is expected to see light wind activity on Tuesday. Wednesday may be more windy in the afternoon. The forecast for the week ahead calls for dry conditions and seasonal to above normal temperatures.

A full suppression strategy is being employed on the fire. Crews in Division Alpha working on the west side of the fire on Monday were able to continue direct line construction efforts.

“Division Delta walked the north perimeter of the fire, saw no active growth, and will continue to monitor the line,” the update adds. “With no new growth on the southeast edge of the fire since last Saturday, Division Sierra will no longer be staffed.” 

“Crews will continue to patrol for spot fires and extinguish when safe to do so. Mop up efforts will continue to increase containment. Aerial resources will be available to assist ground crews throughout today as well as provide any initial attack support that may be needed. Current air support will remain in place to assist the Type 4 team.”

Closures of Moccasin Lake Road and Dickinson Park Road on the Wind River Reservation remain in effect.

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