Dry Fork Fire continues north of Gillette, 40 percent contained

(Photo Credit: Campbell County Fire Department)

Fire suppression efforts for a 3,200-acre fire north of Gillette that has burned for more than 48 hours will continue into the coming days, a fire official said Tuesday.

The fire, dubbed the Dry Fork Fire, is currently burning off the Heald Road in northern Campbell County and, as of July 20, is 40 percent contained, according to the Campbell County Fire Department (CCFD).

Around 84 personnel from the CCFD, Wyoming State Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Campbell County Health Emergency Medical Services, in addition to Campbell County Road and Bridge remain on scene addressing hot spots, per a CCFD news release.

Support personnel from Colorado and Kansas are also on scene, the release stated.

Those efforts are likely to continue for the next couple of days, CCFD Battalion Chief Kate Eischeid said on July 20, adding that no structures have been lost thus far.

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Fire personnel have been battling the blaze since they arrived on the scene at 2:47 p.m. July 18. On July 19, the fire was estimated to be 40 percent contained and remained unchanged on July 20.

Eischeid anticipated an additional update later this evening as the crews currently in the field rotate home.

The Dry Fork Fire is only the latest significant fire event that the CCFD has responded to in a summer riddled with grass and timber fires fueled by persistent drought conditions with a regional fuel model ripe for burning.

A red flag warning was issued Monday afternoon and remains in effect until 9 p.m. tonight. The warning warns that hot, gusty winds and low relative humidity, as low as 10 percent, in northeastern Wyoming has resulted in critical fire weather conditions.

The warning advises residents to exercise extreme caution when doing anything that could spark a fire such as driving over dry grass or throwing burning substances from vehicles.