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

43.3N 108.8W

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.

Squirrel Creek Fire Grows in Wyoming, USA – July 3rd, 2012

41.1N 106.1W

July 3rd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – July 2nd, 2012

The Squirrel Creek Fire (top center), which is burning two miles south of Lake Owen in Wyoming, USA, has exploded to 7,000 acres. The fire has burned down to Highway 230 on the south and has established itself on Sheep Mountain on the east. Highway 230 and Fox Creek Road are both closed due to the blaze.

The Squirrel Creek Fire started in the Squirrel Creek drainage area on the Medicine Bow National Forest. It was discovered Saturday around 1 p.m. and is actively burning in beetle-killed timber. Red Flag Warning conditions and exceptionally dry fuels are contributing to active burning and fire growth. Ground crews worked into the night on Sunday to protect structures and complete burnout operations in order to remove unburned fuels. Air resources also worked to slow the fire’s growth over the weekend.

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