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Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze

Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze

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The Wyoming Tribune via YellowBrix

April 01, 2010

CHEYENNE — One of the county’s largest grass fires in recent memory burned southwest of town Wednesday afternoon behind commercial explosive producer Dyno Nobel Inc.

Fire officials said the area burned was approximately 700 acres.

Laramie County Fire District 2 public information officer Lew Simpson said the fire reignited from a blaze that crews extinguished early Wednesday morning.

The first fire began at about 1 a.m., according to Simpson.

Firefighters responded to a second fire at about 2 p.m., he said.

“There must have been some cow patties or small little areas around there with the low humidity during the day that picked up and reignited,” he said.

Flames steadily burned toward Clear Creek and Swan reservoirs.

Cattle moved away from the fire’s billowing smoke, which caused Highway Patrol troopers to shut down Otto Road at Wyoming Highway 222.

According to the National Weather Service, winds Wednesday afternoon were out of the southeast at 16 mph, gusting up to 28 mph.

Winds aggravated the blaze, fueling flames and drying out the tall grasses, Simpson indicated.

“We had to try to out-flank it,” he said.

Firefighting engines and other equipment slowly patrolled in the hills around the fire.

Simpson said firefighters responded from Laramie County Fire Districts 1, 2, 8 and 10, along with the Wyoming Air National Guard and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

Firefighters used brush trucks and forestry units to fight the blaze. Simpson said some of the equipment became stuck in patches of mud.

No one was injured, and no structures were threatened.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.