Park County Sheriff’s Office shared the following:
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team has assumed command of the fire as of 6:00 AM today. The fire grew to 10,321 acres overnight according to the infrared flight and was patrolled and monitored overnight with resources readily available if needed. A full fire update will be provided later today.
Yesterday, a mandatory evacuation notice was issued by the National Forest Service for the cabins in the Kitty Creek drainage as well as the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp.
A mandatory evacuation notice means that residents of cabins/residences in these areas need to leave the area immediately due to the encroaching Fishhawk Fire. Property can be replaced. Human lives cannot. An informational staging area has been established for evacuees in the Cody Courthouse parking lot for questions relating to the evacuation.
The Shoshone National Forest Fire personnel are making preparations to protect the properties in this area, however, this is notice that the fire has breached a line of protection that indicates a full evacuation is necessary.
The Fishhawk Fire, which is located 40 miles west of Cody, Wyo. within the Washakie Wilderness, is four miles south of U.S. Highway 14/16/20. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“This fire is in some rugged, hazardous terrain. Our number one priority is the safety of firefighters and the public; we are being tactical about what resources we use where and when it is safe to do so,” said Incident Commander Jay Slagowski. Structures in the area are being evaluated for protection measures.