(Gillette, Wyo.) It only took a couple of burn barrels to get out of control for Crook County to issue a burn warning
for the upcoming summer.
Conditions around the Black Hills have become too dry to not take
precautions, but perhaps they aren't alone. Campbell County responded to
five grass fires on Sunday alone.
Starting a 12:30 yesterday morning, CCFD was near Spotted Horse for a small
grass fire on Highway 14/16, but they aren't sure what caused it. Five
hours later they were back south of Gillette at 386 for a three acre grass
fire, no word on what started that one, either.
By 11 a.m. they were on Highway 50 near Savageton trying to contain a 200
acre grass fire, when they received reports there was also a fire near
Cosner Road, which turned out to be the same blaze.
By 2:17 pm, firefighters were at O.R. Road near Bishop Road for a large,
fast moving grass fire that took both the Crook County Fire Dept and Weston
County Fire Dept to help contain. A total of 817 acres burned, and the
cause was determined to be a power line in the area.
*Image h/t CCFD // Pitchengine Communities*