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Ashenfelder Fire

Unit Information

Medicine Bow National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070

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Ashenfelder Fire, 9/4/19Image options: [ Full Size ]
  • Crews completed line on the fire’s perimeter bringing containment to 100%.
  • Remote fire crews were returned to basecamp early Sunday afternoon and staged at basecamp during the predicted storms.
  • Command of the fire will transfer from Rankin’s Type 3 team to Paul Ward’s Type 4 team. The team consists of 13 helitack members and a Type 3 helicopter which will be used to monitor the fire and respond to any new fires in the area.
  • The fire was caused by lightning and was first reported by Black Mountain Fire Lookout, 11:30 a.m. on Wed. 9/4
  • Located in the Ashenfelder Basin, N of Laramie Peak, W of Harris Park, S of Esterbrook in Converse County, WY on the Medicine Bow National Forest
  • The fire is burning in the Hensel Fire footprint which helped to limit fire growth.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday September 04th, 2019 approx. 11:30 AM
LocationLocated in the Ashenfelder Basin, N of Laramie Peak, W of Harris Park, and S of Esterbrook in Converse County, WY
Incident CommanderJeramy Dietz, USFS
Incident DescriptionThe Fire Is Burning In Rugged, Rocky Terrain Where Access Is Difficult. Crew Are Being Flown In To Work Directly On The Fire.
Coordinates42.326 latitude, -105.413 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel13
Size67 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Dead & down trees, grass

Significant Events

Transfer of command from Rankin's Type 3 team to Ward's Type 4 will occur this morning.


Planned Actions

Helitack crew will monitor Ashenfelder Fire to insure containment and will respond initial attack on any new fires in the area.

Projected Incident Activity

Monitor Ashenfelder Fire by helicopter, respond to initial attack in new fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Predictions for afternoon and evening thunderstorms with hail and high winds are creating safety concerns. Helicopters plan to shuttle fire crews working remotely to basecamp Sunday morning.

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