Kara Creek Fire Grows to 12,000 Acres; Closes I-90

(Sundance, Wyo.) Following a morning flight over the Kara Creek Fire area, the size of the fire is estimated at 12,000 acres, with 10% containment. Lightning caused the fire, which was reported the afternoon of Friday, June 24th, and is burning east of the Keyhole Reservoir between Pine Haven and Sundance. Firefighters are combating the fire with a variety of resources including two Chinook helicopters, one smaller helicopter, heavy air tanker, four single engine air tankers, multiple fire engines, the Entiat Hotshots, and two handcrews. A public meeting for the Kara Creek Fire will be held Sunday, June 26th at 4:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Crook County Courthouse (309 Cleveland Street, Sundance.) The Kara Creek Fire grew quickly due to strong winds associated with the passing of a storm yesterday evening and then again with the passage of a cold front last night. It has been confirmed that one home was lost during the initial attack on the fire; over a dozen smaller outbuildings have also been lost. The following evacuation remains in effect: the area east of Keyhole Reservoir including Pine Ridge Road, Old Sundance Road to I-90, H-Kay Road, Inyan Kara Creek Road, Windmill Lane, Arrowhead Drive, Tom Cat Lane, Tomcat Creek Road, and Nefsy Road. All of these roads are closed to non-emergency. I-90 between Sundance and Moorcroft closed around 7 p.m. due to the heavy smoke and poor visibility on the Interstate, as well as its proximity to fire fighting operations. It is back open now. #county17 #news