UPDATE: July 6, 2012: We posted an update on the Oil Creek fire HERE.
We posted updated information about the Oil Creek fire July 5, 2012.
(We posted updated information about the Oil Creek fire on July 4, 2012.)
Posted at 1:55 p.m. MT, July 1, 2012
We will attempt to gather more information about the Oil Creek fire just northwest of Newcastle, Wyoming today, but here is a map and some preliminary data.
The information below is from the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center at 4:30 p.m. June 30, 2012, at which time the fire had burned 4,500 acres:
Significant Events: Pre-evacuation is being conducted for the western sub-divisions and areas of Newcastle for approximately 750 to 1000, Currently 20 structures immediately threatened.
Remarks: Back-up or secondary power lin/transmission line for the town of Newcastle has been destroyed. Primary transmission line immediately threatened. Immediate threat to 20 structures. Pre-evacuations for western parts of Newcastle including the area north of HWY 16 and west of the Dog Pound Rd. Approximately 750 to 1000 people on pre-evacuation notice.
Observed Fire Behavior: Experiencing high to extreme fire behavior with moderate spotting up to 1/2 mile.
Planned Actions: Point protection of homes, Newcastle Wyoming, Mondell Field Airport, HWY 16, primary transmission line.