- August 4, 2016

More Fires Threaten Western Wyoming

by Jackson Hole Radio News


Cody Fire 3000 Acres, Homes Lost


The latest reported blaze started in Whit Creek in the Wapiti Valley to the west of Cody and was reported yesterday afternoon.

Officials issued evacuations in residential areas near the fire and there are reports of two homes and outbuildings destroyed.

As of 6:00pm on Wednesday, the following areas have been evacuated:


Whit Creek Rd.

Big Hat Ranch

Golden Key Ranch

Simmicks Ranch

Cty Rd 6NS & all connecting roads to include Bear Creek Subdivision


The wildfire has since grown to approximately 3,000 acres; the cause of the Whit Fire is currently under investigation.

The fire is being managed by the BLM Cody Field Office, Shoshone National Forest, Park County and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.


The Whit fire is the latest in a string of fires in Wyoming’s west which has over a dozen blazes under management, including the Cliff Creek fire near Bondurant.


That fire, having torched nearly 30,000 acres. is considered 85% contained and will be allowed to burn through portions of wilderness.

Evacuations are still in effect for the Granite Creek area.

The Lava Mountain fire near Dubois has been burning since July 11th through beetle-killed timber and is considered 60% contained.


Agency administrators note that wildfire in a bug killed forest is extremely hazardous and difficult to suppress, but the goal of the more than 700 firefighters on the Lava Mountain fire is to fully suppress it.


Numerous evacuations and road closures in the fire area are currently in effect.