Lost Creek Fire burns hundreds of acres west of Cody, WY

23 miles east of Yellowstone’s east entrance

3-D map of the Lost Creek Fire
3-D map of the Lost Creek Fire east of Yellowstone National Park, based on a mapping flight at 2:36 a.m. MDT June 14, 2020.

The Lost Creek Fire in northwest Wyoming had burned 591 acres when a mapping aircraft overflew the fire at 2:36 Sunday morning. The blaze is on the south side of Highway 14/16/20, 23 miles west of Cody and 23 miles east of Yellowstone National Park’s east entrance. It was reported at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday morning the resources assigned or working on the fire included two Type 1 hand crews, multiple engines, two heavy air tankers, three single engine air tankers, two Type 1 helicopters, and one Type 3 helicopter. The Bill Cody Ranch and Rimrock Dude Ranch remain under an evacuation order.

A public meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the Sheep Mountain Day Use Area of Buffalo Bill State Park. Due to ongoing health concerns, fire managers are asking the public to limit attendance to those directly impacted, and to limit the number of people per household that attend.

Restricting the number of attendees makes sense, but is certainly a change from the pre-COVID policy. It could be helpful if it were also live-streamed and available on the internet.

So far there has been no report of the highway being closed or restricting access to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Here is a link to Wyoming road information.

Traffic Lost Creek Fire

Google Maps showed slowing of traffic on the highway at 1:02 p.m. Sunday.

The map below shows the location of the fire relative to Yellowstone and Cody.

Vicinity map of the Lost Creek Fire
Vicinity map of the Lost Creek Fire west of Cody, Wyoming.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

3 thoughts on “Lost Creek Fire burns hundreds of acres west of Cody, WY”

  1. It’s too bad the Gallatin National Forest permanently closed the West Yellowstone air tanker base this year for no good reason…It is the closest tanker base to this fire by 30 miles or more and would have been a quick reload turn around time. The 2 heavy tankers that dropped this fire came from Grand Junction, CO and Battle Mountain, NV. I guess the USFS does not value the Cody area any more.
    Thomas Roche
    FDNY & 9 year Smokejumper

  2. The USFS is still under a “scorched” earth policy.

    22 years running hand crews, last 5 years running helitack in So. Cal.

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