Sundance Residents Evacuated Due to Wildfire

(Sundance, Wyo.) The Douglas Road Fire in Sundance has been burning since Tuesday afternoon, one of nine fires in Crook County on Tuesday. It is the only fire still burning, and due to a shift in the winds yesterday, is only 20% contained as of today. So far it has burned 1800 acres and one structure has been lost. 75 homes in the Sundance area are being threatened by wildfire at this time. Last night around 11 p.m. the Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Crook County Fairgrounds for those that were being evacuated from the area. The Red Cross expects at least 200 people at the shelter, which is still open and will remain open as long as needed. Livestock can be accommodated at that location, as well. According to Crook County Fire, Arch Creek Road, Beaver Creek and Douglas Roads are all closed due to the fire fighting efforts. Not only has the Forest Service and BLM responded to help, there are many volunteer firefighters and honor farm workers on scene. Residents in Sundance are being told to stay indoors as much as possible due to the poor air quality from smoke. The smoke from the fire could be seen all the way in Rozet this morning. Christopher George sent in the above photo of the haze across South Heptner Road. If you are interested in making donations of non-perishable food; water; or Gatorade, they are asking for help. You can drop off any contributions to the Crook County Courthouse, they are stockpiling it there to be distributed where needed. #county17 #news