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Campbell County firefighters respond to four grass fires totaling more than 20 acres

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County firefighters responded to four reports of grass fires Thursday, which together impacted more than 20 acres.

Three of the reports came in around 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

A chief and 10 firefighters responded at 12:21 p.m. to Hilight Road and Keeline Road after a report of grass fires next to the railroad tracks. The intersection is roughly 15 miles northeast of Wright. Firefighters found three fires and contained them to a combined 8.5 acres. The department said a passing train caused the fires.

At 12:46 p.m., 10 firefighters and a chief responded to a report of a grass fire in the area of 2400 Clarkelen Road, near the intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 387. They contained the fire to 8.4 acres. The department determined an electrical power pole that broke and contacted the ground caused the fire.

After multiple grass fires were reported at 12:57 p.m. in the area of West Echeta Road, a chief and nine firefighters found three separate fires, which were contained to three acres, the department said. Railroad maintenance equipment caused the fires, the department said.

At 7:12 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a grass fire near North Highway 14-16. The fire was extinguished by Thursday evening’s rainstorm, the department said.

“As we continue into the hot, dry months, let this be a reminder of the importance of Fire Safety,” the department said in a Facebook post Friday.

Note, July 15: Campbell County Fire Division Chief and Fire Warden Dale Izatt provided more details on the fires in this County 17 story.