Fish Fire grows to 6,500 acres in Wyoming; Natrona County sends second firefighter

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The Fish Fire on Monday. (Weston County Fire Protection District, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Fish Fire burning near Sundance, Wyoming has grown to 6,500 acres, an update from the Wyoming Division of Forestry posted to InciWeb around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday said.

The fire was initially reported at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and is burning in steep, rugged terrain on Iron Mountain about seven miles south of Sundance. The fire remains 0% contained.

“Resources from Crook County, U.S. Forest Service and State of Wyoming Division of Forestry are actively engaged in suppression efforts,” the update added.

A Type 3 Team from the Wyoming Division of Forestry is managing the fire.

The Natrona County Fire District said in a Tuesday afternoon update it was sending two firefighters to assist on the Fish Fire. NCFD had said earlier in the day it was sending Fire Captain Darek Pepple to assist on the fire and said in the update it was also sending his brother, Engineer Darin Pepple, to assist.

“We wish the Pepple brothers the best of luck, safe travels and a safe fire assignment,” NCFD said.

There has been some extreme fire behavior on the fire with crowning, torching and spotting, NCFD said.

The fire is believed to have been human caused, according to Great Plains Fire Information. On Monday, crews worked to install structure protection around residences in the evacuated Canyon Springs Subdivision. 

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