Sugarloaf Fire and Fire Restrictions in Thunder Basin and Laramie Peak enter stage 1

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 12:06 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Sugarloaf Mountain fire remains active this afternoon near Laramie Peak, in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The fire is around 400 acres in size as of this afternoon, it was first reported yesterday, and according to Albany County Emergency Management, it prompted evacuations late last night.

Firefighters have been responding aggressively with jumpers, helicopters and heavy tankers, with the additional crew also arriving Tuesday.

Officials say the initial investigation indicates possible.

”The fire cause is under investigation, but it does appear that it could be human-caused and our law enforcement is seeking information on any potential tips and leads,” said Aaron Voos, Public Affairs Specialist, Medicine Bow National Forest USDA Forest Services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is implementing Stage 1 Fire restrictions for Thunder Basin National Grassland and Laramie Peak unit starting Tuesday.

This includes National Forest located in Northern Albany, Campbell, Converse, Crook, Natrona, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston counties in Wyoming.

Restrictions are due to dry conditions, persistent fire weather patterns, and the danger of human-caused wildfires across the forest and grassland.

Using campfire are prohibited, except in constructed, permanent fire pits, within developed recreation sites or the use of portable stoves that switch off.

Officials say the initial investigation indicates the fire is likely human-caused... Anyone with information on the fire can call the forest service law enforcement tip line at (303)275-5266.

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