Smith Mountain Wildfire 70 Percent Contained

By Staff

The Smith Mountain wildfire, approximately 40 miles southeast of Casper, Wyoming, is 70 percent contained and estimated to be 800 acres, with no structures lost.

It is estimated that the wildfire will be 100 percent contained by Sunday, Oct. 4.

“We are still focused on containing the wildfire and providing for the safety of those on the ground,” said Frank Keeler, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District Fire Management Officer.

The BLM, in coordination with Albany County and Wyoming State Forestry Division, are on site. Dispatched resources include: four engines, one helicopter, one Type 1 hot shot crew, two Type-2 Initial Attack hand crews and 68 firefighters.

Fire crews administered the prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat, increase livestock forage and distribution, enhance rangeland vegetation health, reduce hazardous fuels, and open areas to grasses and forbs and new, more palatable and nutritious shrubs and aspen.

The public is urged to use caution and avoid the area since fire behavior can change and fire spread is unpredictable if high winds develop.

For more information, please contact HDD Fire Management Officer, Frank Keeler at
307-352-0256.
Please report all wildfires immediately to the Rawlins Dispatch Center at 1-800-295-9953 or to emergency 911.

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