Wyoming: Oil Creek Fire

UPDATE: July 6, 2012: We posted an update on the Oil Creek fire HERE.

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We posted updated information about the Oil Creek fire July 5, 2012.

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(We posted updated information about the Oil Creek fire on July 4, 2012.)

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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.

Map of Oil Creek Fire, 11:23 a.m. MT, July 1, 2012
Map of Oil Creek Fire, 11:23 a.m. MT, July 1, 2012, showing heat detected by a satellite. MODIS/Google

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.

 

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Fire east of Cody, Wyoming September 4, 2008
Fire east of Cody, Wyoming, Sept. 4, 2007. Photo By Bill Gabbert

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