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Fire Near Laramie Peak at 75 Acres and Growing

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17 April 2014

A growing, 75-acre wildfire has been burning in North Albany County since Sunday night and has now been assigned to a Type III Incident Management Team.

 

Dubbed the Cow Camp Fire, it is approximately five miles southeast of Laramie Peak and is currently burning on the Medicine Bow National Forest, although state and private lands are in close proximity.

U.S. Forest Service fire crews from the Douglas Ranger District were initial responders and the USFS is the lead agency on the event.  Six crews are on scene, a Type I helitanker and an additional helicopter has been ordered.

No structures are currently threatened, but 10 structures are within two miles of the fire.  For the time being the fire is east of Cottonwood Park Road, County Road 71 and south of County Road 716.  The North Laramie River Trailhead, northeast of the fire, and the road into the trail are both closed.

Winds near 20 mph are currently pushing the fire to the west and there is no containment.  Weather forecasts in the area are calling for hot, dry and windy conditions tomorrow, with low humidity.

The fire was discovered this morning by Black Mountain Lookout and erratic fire behavior has been observed.  Terrain in the remote area is rough and the fire is burning in grass, brush and mixed conifer.

Lightning is suspected to have started the blaze and the initial focus of fire crews is full suppression.

Information updates will be provided by Public Affairs staff from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, and can be found on Twitter at @MBRNFsTBNG, hashtag #CowCampFire.

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