LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Wyoming Wildfires Map 2012 expanded today with new updates on the Fontenelle Fire and the Oil Creek Fire. Officials battling the Wyoming wildfires warned of new advances today on two blazes in the state, the Fontenelle Fire and the Oil Creek Fire, as the Squirrel Creek Fire continues to burn as well.
First, the Oil Creek remains northwest of Newcastle, WY, officials tell news today. The fire which erupted on June 29 has reached more than fifty-eight thousand acres. And despite being battled by five hundred twenty personnel, the blaze is still only forty percent contained. Officials tell news that growth potential is high on the fire amidst difficult terrain.
Evacuations, however, still remain in place for various communities. Officials warn that evacuations “remain in place for Oil Creek, Plum Creek, Big Plum Creek and Skull Creek Roads.” Officials also warn that “Level 2 evacuations remain in place along Skull Creek Rd. (14), Elk Grove Trail (7), Ertman Rd. (6) and all residences within the fire perimeter. Level 1 evacuation remains in effect for Osage, Newcastle and along Hwy 16 between Newcastle and Osage.” Officials indicate to news that rain this afternoon could improve the battle against the blaze. For a map of the fire, click here.
Second, the Fontenelle Fire is still expanding today. Official tell news that the fire is seventeen miles west of Big Piney. It’s currently spreading in Lincoln and Sublette County, firefighters told news today.
Incident Commander Bob Houseman tell news that the fire remains at only sixteen percent containment despite eight hundred personnel on scene. The fire which has burned fifty-seven thousand acres is prompting further structure protection today. Officials warn that crews will “continue structure protection in Middle Piney Housing, Snider Guard Station, Scaler Guard Station, Clear Creek Guard Station and communication site.” For that fire map, click HERE. For more on the Squirrel Creek Fire, click HERE.