Swede Fire grows to 1500 acres; Other smaller fires active in the state as well

UPDATED to correct the location of the Roane Creek Fire.

(Wyoming) – There are currently four known wildfires actively burning in Wyoming, three of them on the Shoshone National Forest. The Swede Fire was identified in the Burned Timber Creek area within the Elk Fork drainage of the Shoshone National Forest, 57 miles west of Cody on Wednesday, July 23 and has since swelled 1,500 acres.

The Shoshone National Forest will be holding a public meeting for the Swede Fire today at 1 p.m. at the Wapiti Elementary School. The fire remains deep in the Washakie Wilderness and is being managed for firefighter safety, protection of values on the North Fork corridor, and resource benefit. Smoke will likely continue to be visible in the North Fork and South Fork corridors of the Shoshone River.

The Roane Creek Fire in the Bighorn National Forest about 30 miles east of Lovell is a little over 20 acres and has reportedly reached 30 percent containment.

The Moss Creek Fire was reported Saturday afternoon. The five acre fire is located roughly 36 miles west of Cody and is north of U.S. Highway 14/16/20. It is only reportedly about 5 acres in size.

The Dillworth Fire, about 6 acres in size, was reported last Sunday and has reached full containment.

–Information from http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ and the Shoshone National Forest

A map of the Swede Fire as of early Sunday. Provided by the Shoshone National Forest.

A map of the Swede Fire as of early Sunday. Provided by the Shoshone National Forest.

4 Comments

  1. Bill Mathews

    Let it burn, Let em all burn and don't put anymore out in the future. Our forests will be healthy once again if the government stays out of the picture and let nature take it's course.

  2. Wolf Paws

    See all those dead trees? They are fuel for the fire, they feed the fire and allow it to grow bigger. Why do we have all those dead trees? Because of people who don't understand the magnificent potential of those dead trees and fight logging with every penny they have. By allowing the dead trees to be felled and logged, the potential for these fires dwindles. Have you ever tried to build a fire with green grass and wet logs? Sure, there will always be fires caused by lightning and idiots, but with fewer dead trees, the forest will look nicer and be healthier. Fires will have less fuel to burn, wood for your fire places and wood stoves will be cheaper (supply and demand), and there will be more green in our forests. It is our responsibility to manage what we want to enjoy. Otherwise we might have another fire like the one in Colorado last year. Management is the key to our forests, our wildlife, and our very livelihood. I am thankful for those men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line and combat these fires to keep us safe. Many of them are volunteers, they don't get any sort of reimbursement. Some of whom may die in the attempt. If we let nature take its course, God knows how many homes and lives would be lost. Not only human habitats, but animals as well. Just food for thought.

  3. Bill Mathews

    If you want to live in or near the timber you best build your house out of brick and put a steel roof on it.

  4. Sherry Andersen

    Bill even brick can burn if it gets hot enough. When I was a kid our house caught on fire it was made of brick and cinder block. The fire got so hot that both brick and cinder block crumbled.

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