ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Squirrel Creek Fire Map 2012 prompted new Wyoming wildfire evacuations this morning. The Wyoming wildfires outside Woods Landing, Laramie, and Lake Owen are expanding, prompting new updates for the Squirrel Creek Fire Map. The fire remains at only twelve percent containment today, officials told news.
First broke on LALATE days ago, the fire has now made significant advance since Tuesday. The fire, now being battled by three hundred fire personnel, has burned over nine thousand acres, officials tell news. The fire still, however, remains two miles south of Lake Owen. Officials indicate to news that they are still trying to keep the fire’s front line from advancing closer to Woods Landing and Laramie.
Incident Commander Rocky W. Opliger tells news that the fire still is fostering extreme behavior. The fire “is burning aggressively uphill and at the toe of the slope in light fuels causing control problems and threatening structures”.
Officials are hoping for rain this afternoon to slow the fire’s advance. The good weather news comes after poor conditions Tuesday. “The weather watch issued yesterday was upgraded to a Red Flag Warning. Red Flag weather conditions contributed to increased fire activity in the morning. “
Officials have dispatched now seven engines, eleven dozers, and one water tender. Three outbuildings have been destroyed and one residence has been lost.
In a news statement yesterday, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office released an “Immediate Evacuation Notice for areas east of Sheep Mountain to Harmony Lane, and south of Lake Hattie. Includes area northwest of Lake Hattie to Hwy 130″. For more on their evacuation notice, click HERE.
Firefighters tell news that “Fire crews constructed fireline along the southern flank of the fire today, reaching containment on this part of the fire.” Evacuation centers have been established for residents at the Albany County Fairgrounds and for livestock via the Dale Bratton-Wyoming Livestock Board (307) 777-6437. For the latest on this and other fires, click HERE. For the latest fire map for the Squirrel Creek Fire, click HERE.