Fire Watch for Fourth of July Weekend

(Gillette, Wyo.) This weekend kept the Campbell County Fire Department busy, as well. In addition to feeding over 1700 people on Monday morning at their Pancake Breakfast, they responded to over 20 calls during the holiday, several of which were related to celebratory events at Bicentennial Park on the 4th. Going back to Saturday, at 4:13 p.m. they arrived at West Echeta Road for the report of a grass and timber fire. The "Powder River Fire" was contained at 9 acres. CCFD cites the likely caus as lightning from the passing storm. At 9:38 p.m. on Saturday they were out at Westhills loop where a resident had a fire pit burning. It was properly contained and covered. The homeowner was reminded to only burn wood and were allowed to continue with their authorized fire pit. On July 3rd at 11:07 a.m. there was a grass fire reported near Hilight Road and Reno Road, along the railroad tracks. Wyoming State Forestry assisted CCFD to extinguish the fire. Another grass fire was reported around 8 p.m. Sunday night, north of Wagensen Road, but fire personnel were unable to locate it, as it began raining. On the 4th of July, CCFD found a small grass fire had started at a home on EZ Street around 1 p.m. A barbecue grill started the fire, when then ignited a trash can and melted part of the home's siding. Bystanders were able to extinguish the fire, CCFD personnel ensured the fire was out. Fire crews spent several hours extinguishing a 4-5 acre grass and brush fire pm Highway 50 near Savageton around 3 p.m. Around the same time, two grass fires were reported north of the airport across from Eagle Butte mine. Firefighters were able to contain those fires to a total of 4.5 acres. At 10:52 p.m. fire personnel were on Highway 51 at Fox Park Ave for a small grass fire that was extinguished without incident. *Photo of Brush 2 and Grass 12 trucks h/t CCFD // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news