BREAKING: Lander Fairfield Fire forces evacuation of Sinks Canyon and Homestead Park

(Latest fire photo submitted at 2 p.m. by Jared Kail looking across the canyon at the blaze from the top of the first switchback)

(Lander, Wyo.) – The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of evacuating Sinks Canyon, southwest of Lander, following the start of a large forest fire.

As of 1:15 p.m., Forest Service personnel were asking people to leave and clearing the campgrounds. Homestead Park, a collection of homes on the outside wall of the canyon is also being evacuated due to the close proximity to the fire.

The fire appears to have started on Fairfield Hill. The Hill is on the north-side wall across from Bruce’s Parking Lot. Winds were pushing the fire further south into the canyon.

Personnel on scene said they expected the road into the canyon to be closed and air support had been ordered. There was no word available to County10.com as to when air crews might arrive. Ground forces, including Forest Service and Lander Rural Fire Department, were beginning to gather at the floor of the canyon, however no firefighters were working the blaze yet.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. (Click photos to enlarge. Joshua Scheer photos)

 

8 Comments

  1. Kim Milhouse Allison

    All of my friends who share my love of camping and fishing, please be advised to change your plans on where you are going if this was your location like it was mine <3 Be safe and please pray for all the people and animals around this location <3.

  2. Kim Milhouse Allison

    All of my friends who share my love of camping and fishing, please be advised to change your plans on where you are going if this was your location like it was mine <3 Be safe and please pray for all the people and animals around this location <3.

  3. Carolyn Aanestad

    For precautionary reasons, the Central Wyoming College Sinks Canyon Center is closing and students, staff and visitors are being asked to leave. CWC recognizes the difficulties that dry fire conditions may pose to some of the college’s facilities. These are natural forces that often operate beyond human control. We have suspended operations at the facility temporarily. We ask everyone to bear with us as fire crews battle the blaze.

  4. Brook Whyte

    oh, no! Sinks Canyon is my favorite vacation destination.

  5. Delma McDaniel

    Sad to see. We spent a lot of time there growing up. 4H camp, etc. school picnics.

  6. Bob Murdoch

    Good reporting Josh, I was just hiking there in late June. So sad.

  7. Kay Coates

    My family's favorite campsite for lunches.

  8. Kathleen Girmus Labrie

    oh no!

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