(Dubois, WY) – Just before 1:30 pm on Monday, the Wildcat Fire was reported near the Moon Lake area south of Forest Service Road #513, approximately 1.5 miles east of the intersection of the Union Pass/Moon Lake roads.
Local forest service resources along with Dubois fire district and County fire resources responded. Hot, windy and dry conditions affected fire behavior while crews worked on established a fire line and hose lay to contain the fire.
The fire was reported by a local grazing allotment lessee who was working in the area, saw the smoke and investigated. At present, the fire size is estimated at .25 acres in heavy, downed timber and grass.
Crews engaged the fire until full containment was reached at approximately 5:30 pm. Fire personnel will continue mop-up and monitoring over the next few days. The cause is undetermined and currently under investigation.
“This is the second fire reported in less than 48 hours on the District and it is important the public remain diligent when recreating on or using the forest as fire danger remains very high with no changes expected in the immediate future,” said Wind River Ranger District Ranger Jeff von Kienast.