Wyoming's Fire Season Is In Full Swing

Sep 4, 2019

The Fishhawk Fire burning near Cody.
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Fire season has finally shown up after a late start in Wyoming with at least three wildfires burning across the state.

The Fishhawk Fire near Cody was first reported Monday night and has reached at least 4,000 acres. Spokeswoman Kristie Salzmann said gusty and erratic winds on challenging terrain have made things complicated for crews.

"Because of the complexity of this fire, we have ordered in a type two incident management team," she said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Over the weekend, the Saddle Butte Fire in Jackson caused some evacuations, but it has since reached 100 percent containment. The fire had an unusual cause--after a bundle of Mylar balloons were tangled in power lines, an electric arc and flaming materials ignited dry fuel below.

North of Rawlins, the Pedro Mountain Fire has reached over 20,000 acres while crews have reached 37 percent containment. That fire first broke out on August 24 from a lightning strike.

A red flag warning is in effect for the central and southwest parts of the state.