Sawmill Canyon Fire

More information is available at:

Wyoming State Forestry Division Fire Information
307-757-7527

Incident Overview

Meadowlark Road to Glendo SP is now open to the public.

During the evening and early morning, residents will see an increase of smoke due to burn out operations on the fire line.

Firefighters working on the Sawmill Canyon Fire were able to make progress on the fire despite hot and dry conditions. Firefighters will be on alert for increased fire activity due to dry fuel conditions.

No structures are immediately threatened. No injuries or fatalities. Smoke can be seen around surrounding communities and low lying areas throughout the day.

Very warm cconditions will continue over Platte County through Thursday with generally light winds. Slight change of showers and thunderstorms.

Minimum daytime humidities will remain between 15 – 20 percent.

Evacuations: No evacuations in place. Glendo and Guernsey State Parks are open to visitors with the exception of Sandy Beach at Glendo State Park.

Glendo State Park’s Eastside will be open, this also includes Sandy Beach Campground will be open to the public on Thursday, July 18 Glendo State Park

Response vehicles are utilizing the Patton Creek Road and Immigrant Road. Travelers are asked to avoid these roads if possible.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday July 14th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Location 7 miles southeast of Glendo, WY Platte County, Wyoming
Incident Commander Ron Graham

Current Situation

Total Personnel 220
Size 12,000 acres
Percent Contained 40%
Fuels Involved Timber, brush and grass
Fire Behavior Increased fire behavior, short crown runs in timber, sustained runs in the grass and brush, short range spotting.
Significant Events Significant line construction on the north, south, easst and west sides. Fire threat has partially closed Glendo State Park-Sandy Beach. Firefighters working on the Sawmill Canyon Fire were able to make progress on the fire despite hot and dry conditions on Monday. Firefighters will be on alert for increased fire activity due to dry fuel conditions. No structures are immediately threatened. No injuries or fatalities. Smoke can be seen around surrounding communities and low lying areas throughout the day.

Outlook

Planned Actions Anchor and flank fire. Improve existing line and construct new line in uncontrolled areas.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High

Current Weather

Temperature 92 degrees
Humidity 22%

Via Inciweb http://inciweb.org/incident/3024/

2 responses to “Sawmill Canyon Fire

  1. David Christian

    The fire started on Saturday, ten miles northwest of Guernsey. Your description is incorrect. By Sunday evening, it had burned to within 5 miles of Glendo, forcing evacuations of the east side of the state park there. It has grown very rapidly, but there is very little information on the web about it. The last number I heard said over 8,000 acres burned.

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