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Fire crews monitor hot spots after lightning ignites fire

Cheyenne Fire Rescue Station 2 (Photo by Stephanie Lam / Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On June 13, Laramie County Fire District 5 responded to a smoke report south of Pine Bluffs at approximately 6:40 p.m. At about 6:50, Chief Walls confirmed there was an active fire in the bluffs approximately 9 miles south of Pine Bluffs. Single-tree torching and heavy smoke were observed.

Mutual aid was requested from Fire Districts 3, 4 and 6. The fire, estimated between 1 and 2 acres, was in rough, tree-covered terrain on BLM land. Initial units on the scene quickly secured the fire perimeter. Despite the small acreage, the fire’s location in an area full of trees with a lot of tree litter and decaying matter made complete extinguishment tough, according to a post by the fire district.

Fire District 5 personnel are at the location today, continuing to monitor and extinguish hot spots. Complete extinguishment should be achieved today. Lightning caused the fire. Favorable moisture in the light, flashy grass and favorable weather conditions helped keep the fire in check until fire personnel arrived.