High Plains District
Bureau of Land Management
The Deer Creek Fire originated off Echeta Road and is currently 5,295 acres and is 50% contained. The cause of the fire is a burning coal seam that surfaced and ignited the dry fuel around it on Monday afternoon. It is unknown how the coal seam ignited or how long it has been burning.
This fire is burning in rugged terrain on Bureau of Land Management, state and private lands in Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan Counties. No structures have been lost, nor have any evacuations or road closures have been issued. Crews are currently mopping up and patrolling for hot spots.
It is anticipated to transition to a Type 4 team at 06:00 July 31, 2021.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Burning Coal Seam|
|Date of Origin||Monday July 26th, 2021 approx. 05:45 PM|
|Location||Approximately 35 northwest of Gillette in Campbell County, WY which has burned into Johnson County and Sheridan County.|
|Incident Commander||Wyoming Type III IMT Team III, Dick Terry transitioning to Type IV 06:00 July 31, 2021.|
|Coordinates||44.529 latitude, -106.003 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||50%|
grass, sage brush, juniper
Protect human life and safety for both firefighters and the public while protecting communities, property, natural resources and other values at risk. Keep the fire perimeter as small as possible by implementing an effective suppression strategy utilizing direct attack where and when appropriate to do so.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Mop up, patrol for hot spots
July 31 temperature in the upper 80s with humidity around 19%. 5-10 mph east winds could gust to 20 mph. Drier and slightly warmer than average temperatures expected through the weekend.