Wyoming: Browning Fire causes evacuations

(UPDATED at 4:32 p.m. MDT July 7, 2016)

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Map showing the location of heat (the red dots) detected by a satellite over the Browning Fire at 1:58 p.m. MT July 7, 2016.  It is possible that portions of the fire burned areas of light fuel, such as grass, that cooled before the overpass by the heat sensing satellite; therefore, it could be larger than indicated here. Click to enlarge.

Crook County Fire & Emergency Management reported Thursday afternoon that the Browning Fire has been mapped at 875 acres.

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The Browning Fire at 2:14 p.m. MDT July 7, 2016. The photo was taken by a local resident 10 miles north of Upton looking west.

The photos below were supplied by Crook County Fire and Emergency Management.

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(UPDATED at 1:10 p.m. MDT July 7, 2016)

A local resident told us that smoke from the Browning Fire northwest of Upton, Wyoming can be seen from Spearfish, South Dakota and Newcastle, Wyoming.

The weather forecast for the fire area will not be helpful to firefighters on Thursday. It predicts northwest winds at 16 mph gusting at 23 mph, relative humidity in the low 20s, and temperature in the mid-70s. On Friday it should be warmer but less windy, with the RH dipping into the high teens.


(Originally published at 10:34 a.m. MDT July 7, 2016)

More lightning poured through northeastern Wyoming and the Black Hills Wednesday afternoon. After it passed the Browning Fire and another fire were discovered 7 miles west of Inya Kara and 9 miles northeast of Upton, Wyoming. The two fires merged.

Crook County Fire and Emergency Management reports it has burned 600 to 800 acres and has required evacuations, but no structures have been destroyed.

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Map showing the location of heat detected by a satellite over the Browning Fire at 11:03 p.m. MT July 6, 2016. Click to enlarge.

The fire is about 3 miles south of the Douglas Fire that burned about 1,700 acres a couple of weeks ago. Both the Douglas Fire and the 12,000-acre Kara Creek Fire that burned at about the same time are contained.

On Wednesday a helicopter assisted firefighters by dropping water and it will be available on Thursday as well.