Gusty forecast threatens more growth for fire in Medicine Bow National Forest

Wyoming News September 21, 2020

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Gusty forecast threatens more growth for fire in Medicine Bow National Forest

CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) — Gusty winds could cause more growth on a wildfire burning toward cabins and an important water supply reservoir in southeastern Wyoming, firefighters warned Monday.

The fire in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned over 13,835 acres of heavily forested, rugged terrain, according to the U.S. government’s InciWeb fire information website.

Monday’s forecast called for dry, breezy weather with gusts up to 15 mph and high temperatures in the 60’s.

Flames were within a couple miles of Rob Roy Reservoir. The reservoir is among a handful linked by pipelines that supply water to Cheyenne.

The fire also has been spreading toward Keystone, a small enclave of cabins on private land surrounded by national forest lands. Forest officials have ordered the evacuation of some 300 square miles of forest.

The area usually would be busy with hunters at the outset of elk season.

First reported in the Savage Run Wilderness on Thursday, the fire had spread eastward into the North Platte Wilderness and other parts of the forest. The fire is 2 percent contained as of late Monday afternoon.

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Photo: Hannah Nadeau

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