Sugarloaf Fire evacuations lifted in Wyoming; weekend cold front, showers expected

Helicopter moving equipment near the Sugarloaf Fire on Wednesday. (Photo from Sugarloaf fire information page on InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — All evacuation and pre-evacuation notices related to the Sugarloaf Fire burning near Laramie Peak were lifted on Wednesday, a Thursday morning update from fire managers said.

Containment on the 839-acre fire grew to 23% with cloudy conditions suppressing fire activity on Wednesday. The fire area did not receive any rain, the Thursday morning update noted.

Higher temperatures and drying conditions are expected on Thursday and Friday before a summer cold front brings widespread showers and thunderstorms over the weekend, fire managers said.

367 personnel are assigned to the fire. Crews are working to mop up hot spots and patrol fire line on Cow Creek on the west side of the fire. There are some interior pockets of unburned fuel that continue to smolder, and are expected to continue producing visible smoke, the update said.

There are still some hot spots on the southern side of the fire, and hotshot crews will keep working to find those hot spots and take action to suppress them when conditions allow.

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The Structure Division is working to support other divisions of the fire and is working to complete the back haul of material from the construction of indirect fire line and structure protection efforts, fire managers said.

With evacuations being lifted, people can contact Albany County Emergency Management at 307-721-1815 or 307- 721-1896 if they have any questions.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions remain in effect for the Laramie Peak unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest and the Thunder Basin National Grassland, with information available from the U.S. Forest Service.

A temporary flight restriction prohibiting aircraft and drones from entering the fire area without special permission remains in effect.

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“Please remember: If you fly, we can’t!,” fire managers said.

The fire was first discovered on Monday, July 25 and it is thought to have been human-caused.

“Anyone with information on how the fire started can call the Forest Service Law Enforcement Tip Line, 303-275-5266,” the Sugarloaf fire information page on InciWeb states.

The Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team Three is in command of the fire.

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