Abandoned Campfire Causes Wildfire Near Popo Agie Falls
(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Firefighters have responded to a wildfire that burned approximately 3 acres above Bruces Campground in The Shoshone National Forest, nine miles southwest of Lander on Monday Morning.
The fire was caused by an abandoned campfire, but with the aid of air resources, firefighters on the ground quickly contained the fire, according to a press release issued by The Forest Service this afternoon.
The Forest Service initially sent one type 6 wildland fire engine and an initial attack hand crew. Additional resources included two single-engine tankers out of Riverton Airport and one light helicopter out of Casper. Fremont County Fire Protection District also responded with some firefighters staged in the Homestead Park subdivision as a precaution.
Firefighters remarked, “the abandoned campfire was a short walk from the Popo Agie River where the campfire could have been doused with water prior to the campers leaving the area.”
Clint Dawson, Fire Officer for Wyoming’s National Forest Service advised, “The lower elevations are really dry, even in the forest, people need to make sure they’re putting their camp fires out and putting their cigarettes out appropriately. We don’t have any fire restrictions on the forest, but if we continue to dry out, we’ll certainly consider it. Folks just need to be cautious.”
Dawson told County 10 that there should be no further disruptions to traffic.