Wildfire Update: Fires contained at just over 3000 acres burned

(Gillette, Wyo.) CCFD is reporting that both the Deer Creek and Short Creek fires have now been totally contained, with BLM and CCFD personnel patrolling the areas north and south of Gillette for the next few days to make sure there are no re-ignitions. The total acres burned at Deer Creek was 846. The Short Creek Fire ultimately saw 2300 acres damaged. At least 140 firefighters will be remaining on scene for cleanup and rehab, which should take the rest of the week. Meanwhile yesterday afternoon on Highway 14/16, south of S A Road, a grass fire was ignited by lightning and burned 23 acres. It was contained by Campbell County Fire. Across the road to the west, an abandoned residence was threatened by a different fast moving fire, but crews were able to save the structure and the fire was contained at 74 acres. Similar smaller grass fires were reported across the region, including one at Buckskin Mine. The dry, hot, windy conditions have made Northeast Wyoming a prime time for wildfires. An open burn ban has been enacted by the Fire Warden to protect residents. Photo h/t CCFD // Pitchengine Communities #county17 #news