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3 separate grass fires keep firefighters busy Tuesday afternoon

3 separate grass fires keep firefighters busy Tuesday afternoon

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., Fremont County Fire District, Missouri Valley Battalion #4, Riverton Battalion #1, Lander Rural, and Jeffrey City Fire districts were called out to two grass fires southwest of the junction of Gas Hills Road and Ore Road, north of Jeffrey City. The larger fire of the two has been named the "Puddle Fire" because it started near Puddle Springs. It was started by a lightning strike and burned a total of 80 acres. As of this morning, Fremont County District Fire Chief Craig Haslam reports the fire is fully controlled and BLM crews are patrolling the scene today. The smaller fire which was ignited by a separate lightning strike only burned two acres. No structures were damaged in either fire and there were no injuries. Haslam reports there was a ranch within a mile of the Puddle Fire which was of concern considering the erratic winds we experienced yesterday; however, crews were able to contain the fire and the homeowners were not evacuated. Haslam noted crews responded to a third grass fire near Deer Creek in Lysite which was also ignited by a separate lighting strike. Missouri Valley and Fremont County Fire District responded to this fire and had it contained to just a few acres. Haslam tells County 10, "The grass and sagebrush are really drying up. We're urging folks to be extra cautious especially with the upcoming holiday weekend. Be careful if you're planning on using fireworks." Yesterday afternoon around 4:00 p.m., crews were called out to a fully engulfed semi truck which closed Highway 28 near Red Canyon for an hour. #county10 #news