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5:21 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Fire burns more than 6 hours at Sinclair refinery

A fire burned for more than six hours at the Sinclair Oil refinery in south-central Wyoming.

Officials with Salt Lake City-based Sinclair say nobody was hurt.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the plant's alkylation unit. The refinery's fire department extinguished the flames around 10 a.m.

The company said in a release it had notified Wyoming workplace safety regulators and begun an investigation. The refinery continued to operate at normal rates.

In 2012, three fires injured seven workers at the refinery in the town of Sinclair.

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Encana Fire
1:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

5 workers injured in Jonah Field fire

Five workers were injured in a fire that broke out around 10:15 Friday morning at an Encana facility in the Jonah Field near Pinedale.

“We do know that some welding work was being conducted on some condensate tanks," company spokesperson Doug Hock says. "This was a battery of half a dozen tanks. However, the exact reason for the fire is not known at this time.”

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Sinclair
7:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Explosion at Sinclair refinery causes second fire in two months

Sinclair Refinery, Wyoming
Credit Charles Willgren / Wikipedia

An explosion at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins on Friday night resulted in a fire.

The explosion occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday. No one was injured, and by 3 a.m. the fire was under control. The Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is investigating the incident. The cause is still unknown.

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Mine Fire
4:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Three miners badly burned in coal-dust fire

North Antelope Rochelle Mine
Credit NASA

Three miners are being treated for serious burns after a coal-dust fire at the North Antelope Rochelle mine on Tuesday.

The fire started while the workers were changing a bearing on a conveyor, according to Amy Louviere, a spokesperson for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. She writes in an email that coal dust filled the space the workers were in, and was ignited by the machinery. The agency is investigating.

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News
5:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Two hospitalized after Sinclair refinery fire

Two people were taken to the hospital after a fire started at the Sinclair Refinery near Rawlins yesterday.

John Ysebaert with Wyoming’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, says the fire started when workers who were erecting scaffolding tripped a valve. That released so-called “super-heated diesel,” which ignites when it hits the atmosphere.

OSHA is investigating the incident.

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4:12 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Fire forces evacuation of homes, campsites near Lander

A wildfire is threatening some summer homes and campgrounds southwest of Lander.

The homes in Homestead Park and campers in Sinks Canyon were evacuated today as the Fairfield Fire spread in hot and windy conditions in grass and sagebrush. Forest Service spokeswoman Kristie Salzman said about 50 structures were threatened but it's not clear how many of them are homes and how many were occupied.

The area is a very popular spot in the summer, attracting rock climbers, mountain bikers and hikers.

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News
4:46 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

More help sought for wildfire southeast of Casper

Conditions are favorable for firefighters trying to corral one of Wyoming's first significant wildfires this year.

The 300-acre wildfire is burning in a remote area 15 miles southeast of Casper, not far from Muddy Mountain. Lighting is believed to have started the fire sometime last weekend.

The fire has burned about 300 acres of mixed pine, grass and sagebrush.

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News
5:09 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Despite moisture officials still worry about fires

Wyoming fire officials say the wet spring this year has been helpful, but they’re still unsure what it will mean for the fire season this year. 

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Beetle Kill
1:08 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Despite reduced beetle kill, state forester forecasts a heavy fire season

Wyoming forest officials anticipate another heavy fire season for this year.

Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent warm winters have been great for the pine beetle population. He adds that Wyoming pine forests are full of densely-packed stands with trees of the same age, which makes them especially vulnerable to beetles, and that makes them more likely to burn.

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News
5:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Wyoming late to burn its slash piles this year

Slash piles around the state are still intact in Wyoming, which is unusual. Slash piles are made of accumulated debris from clearing forests or trimming trees and typically by this time in the year, they’ve been burned.

The Fire Management Officer for the Wyoming State Forestry Division, Ron Graham, says they’ve started burning piles in the Casper Mountain, Muddy Mountain, and Black Hills area, but low snow pack has delayed the burning.

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News
4:03 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Wildfire near Pinedale 20 percent contained

Firefighters are making progress against a 400-acre wildfire threating 13 homes in western Wyoming.
 
The fire was 20 percent contained Wednesday. It ignited Sunday 30 miles west of Pinedale and has prompted some evacuation orders.
 
No buildings have been reported lost. The cause remains under investigation.

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News
7:03 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Sheep Herder Hill Fire 50% Contained

The Sheep Herder Hill fire near Casper remains fifty percent contained. There are currently 354 people fighting the fire and evacuations remain in place.  Public Information Officer, Susan Ford, says that at least 37 homes have been destroyed.

Ford says wet, colder weather has helped fire fighters with the blaze, but this weekend promises hot, dry conditions once again.

News
4:50 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Fire near Upton 75 percent contained

The Cemetery Fire just east of Upton is about 75 percent contained, and Weston County Fire Warden Daniel Tysdal is optimistic it will be 100 percent contained by tomorrow.

Tysdal says evacuation orders have all been lifted, but the fire did destroy some structures.

“We believe we’ve lost one primary residence and multiple outbuildings,” Tysdal said. “There’s still a couple of homeowners that we need to make contact with and verify exactly what they had for outbuildings, but right now I can say ... it was one primary residence and numerous outbuildings.”

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4:53 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Fire near Upton forces evacuations

Twelve homes have been evacuated because of a fire near Upton, in northeast Wyoming, and another 20 are on pre-evacuation status.

Weston County Sheriff Bryan Colvard says the fire is a mile east of Upton and isn’t threatening the town at the moment, but he says residents need to be vigilant.

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News
4:11 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Fire activity in 2012 sets record

2012 has been the worst fire year on record for Wyoming, according to the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

State Forester Bill Crapser says there’s been more fire activity, and fires have been larger and more extreme than ever before.

“Statewide, the only year that we came close to the same amount of acreage would have been way back in 1988 with the Yellowstone fires,” Crapser said.

The holiday weekend is expected to be hot and dry, so Crapser warns that anyone recreating outside should be exceptionally careful not to start fires.

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6:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Arapaho Fire 100-percent contained

The largest wildfire in Wyoming this season has been declared contained.
 
The Arapaho Fire in the Laramie Peak area of the Medicine Bow National Forest was declared 100 percent contained on Thursday.
 
The fire has burned about 153 square miles since lightning started it on June 27.  At its peak, the fire had around 1,000 firefighters assigned to it.
 
The U.S. Forest Service cautions that there is extensive fire damage and people should use caution within the burned area.
 

News
7:26 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Firefighters slow spread of wildfire near Rawlins

Firefighters are slowing the spread of a wildfire burning in south-central Wyoming's Carbon County.

The Ferris Fire, about 30 miles northeast of Rawlins, has burned nearly 9-thousand acres and is 63 percent contained.

Fire managers say crews have been able to hold the fire on the north, east and south sides. However, steep, rugged terrain on the west side of the fire has made it harder to stop the blaze there.

The cause of the wildfire, which was first reported July 27, remains under investigation. 

Wildfires
6:24 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Wyoming fires displace livestock

Fires burning around Wyoming are impacting livestock, in addition to people. The Wyoming Livestock Board estimates that between 8,000 and almost 13,000 head have been displaced as a result of the fires.

Board Director Leanne Stevenson, says the board issued an emergency order allowing for the movement of livestock between county lines without the brand inspection that is normally required.   

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News
3:39 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Arapaho Fire ranks second highest priority in Rocky Mountain region

The Arapaho fire near Wheatland is the second highest priority fire in the Rocky Mountain Region as of today. It’s burned nearly 88,000 acres and has forced 300 homes to be evacuated.

Public Information Officer Jim Whittington says erratic winds have pushed the fire in multiple directions, and he says it spread fast.

“The first day it was at 5,000 acres and then a couple days later it was at 75,000 acres. You’re talking 25, 30 thousand acres a day,” Whittington said. “This fire still has a lot of potential, and it obviously grew very fast, very quickly.”

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News
12:40 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Hundreds asked to evacuate as Squirrel Creek Fire triples in size

A fire near Woods Landing in southeast Wyoming has burned 7,000 acres, and hundreds of residents are being asked to evacuate.

The fire has more than tripled in size since this morning. Albany County Sheriff Dave O’Malley says fire officials tell him they’ve never seen fires spread this fast.

“The moisture level is such that it’s low enough that even green grass burns like dry grass," O'Malley said. "In some situations, the fire has moved as fast as five miles in one hour.”

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6:24 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Fire crews prep for windy weather

Crews battling the wildfire near Wheatland are bracing for high winds tomorrow/Saturday.

Fire information officer Beth Hermanson says yesterday’s storms dumped rain on parts of the fire, but that didn’t help much overall. And she says the weather forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look promising.

“The National Weather Service has told us that we will more than likely see high winds on our fire – possibly up to seventy miles an hour,” Hermanson said. “So fire fighters today are strengthening the lines in preparation for that event.”

News
6:10 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Yellowstone undertakes update to fire management

The National Park Service is seeking public comment in how to manage wildfires in Yellowstone National Park.

The park has undertaken an effort to update its fire management plan to reflect recent changes in federal fire policy.

The Park Service is accepting public comments on identifying what issues should be considered in the environmental review of any proposed changes.

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