4 lightning-caused fires near Ten Sleep battled over the weekend

There were four confirmed lightning-started fires on public land near Ten Sleep this past weekend. The 225 acre Salt Center Fire, approx. 9 miles north of town and SE of Renner Reservoir, started on Friday and has been burning in steep, rugged terrain. There isn't good engine access so crews are hiking to and from the fire. More than 100 firefighters have been working toward fully containing this fire. The other 3 fires are south of town and all started on Saturday. The largest is the 25 acre Spring Creek Fire near the Red Reflet Ranch which was 90% contained as of the end of operations last night. The West Rim Fire was 1 acre and the Alkali Creek Fire was 1/4 acre - both are out as of today. All fires are burning primarily in juniper and all received precipitation yesterday, aiding firefighters' efforts. [image: BLM_SaltCenter1.jpg] *The Salt Center Fire was the first opportunity for the newly-formed Devil's Canyon Hand Crew to work together on a wildfire. The 20-person crew, which is a national BLM initial attack hand crew stationed at the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office in Worland, is comprised of both military veterans and civilians.* Response to the fires have included engines and hand crews from the BLM; Ten Sleep, Worland and Bighorn County volunteer fire departments; US Forest Service; National Park Service; and State of Wyoming. Aviation resources have played a key role because of difficult terrain and have included 3 helicopters, 3 single engine air tankers and 1 heavy air tanker. Today on the Salt Center Fire, 2 helicopters are dumping buckets of water on hot spots in the interior of the fire. [image: BLM_SaltCenter4.jpg] *BLM Engine Captain Myles Richards briefs the group on the status of the Salt Center Fire on Sunday afternoon. The Ten Sleep Volunteer Fire Department's new fire hall is serving as the incident command post for the Salt Center Fire.* *featured photo: Salt Creek Fire. All photos h/t BLM* #reboot #springcity #dally