Firefighters battle Rifle Pit Ranch Fire near Sundance
SUNDANCE, Wyo. — A wildfire that began Saturday night 11 miles north east of Sundance near Sand Creek and Rifle Pit Road was 90% contained as of Sunday night.
According to Crook County Fire Warden Doug Leis, crews are continuing to monitor hot spots after overnight crews patrolled Sunday night.
Initially caused by people burning wood scraps in a pile, the fire caused one home with a garage and outbuilding to be destroyed, and is estimated to have burned approximately 104 acres. No injuries were reported.
Rough and steep terrain in some areas made it difficult to get around the fire at times. At peak, an estimated 35-36 trucks and 70 personnel were involved in fighting the fire, including crews from Wyoming State Forestry and Black Hills National Forest.
Rifle Pit was one of three fire calls that came within a couple-hour period; all were reported to be the result of people burning. In some cases, the burning had begun when there was snow cover, but was allowed to smolder and eventually reignited.
Fire Warden Leis reminded residents that, “people have got to be careful in these dry conditions”.