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Deer Creek 2 Fire

Unit Information

High Plains District
Bureau of Land Management

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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. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseBurning Coal Seam
Date of OriginMonday July 26th, 2021 approx. 05:45 PM
LocationApproximately 35 northwest of Gillette in Campbell County, WY which has burned into Johnson County and Sheridan County.
Incident CommanderWyoming Type III IMT Team III, Dick Terry transitioning to Type IV 06:00 July 31, 2021.
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.529 latitude, -106.003 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel59
Size5,295 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

grass, sage brush, juniper


Planned Actions

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

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.