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Squirrel Creek Fire in Wyoming, USA Only 6% Contained – July 4th, 2012

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July 4th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – July 2nd, 2012

The thick plume of smoke in the upper right quadrant, blowing towards the south, originates from the Squirrel Creek Fire in Albany County, Wyoming, USA. Visible to the east, across the entire right half of the image, is a cloud of smoke, probably not only released into the atmosphere by the Wyoming fire, but also by wildfires burning across the state of Colorado.

The Squirrel Creek Fire started on June 30, 2012, around 1:00 p.m. Its cause is still under investigation. Although previously reported as 7000 acres in size, more accurate mapping has shown that the actual size is around 6,700 acres. The blaze is only 6 percent contained at this time. Yesterday, the Squirrel Creek Fire grew slightly to the west and to the north along Sheep Mountain.

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