UPDATE: Wednesday 8:13 a.m. – Fish Fire is 98% contained

Rocky Mountain Black - A type one team has taken over management of the Fish Fire

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Photo courtesy of FishFire_SD Facebook.

UPDATE: Monday 8:13 a.m.

The fire is 98% contained.

Fire crews will be leaving the area in the next day or two.

UPDATE: Monday 11:52 a.m.

The fire is 96% contained.

Firefighters are working on completing and improving the line, cleaning up hot spots, pulling hose and repairing areas disturbed during the fire suppression efforts.

Fish Fire SaturdayUPDATE: Saturday 8:52 p.m.

The Fish fire is now 94% contained.

Containment indicates how much of the fire perimeter has been surrounded by a control line that prevents the fire from progressing. Containment does not always refer to how much of the fire has been extinguished but more importantly refers to the fire perimeter and the fire’s potential for growth.

Residents returning to their homes may still see fire activity nearby. Smoke and possible isolated flare-ups may occur.

Overnight, the weather brought much needed moisture to some parts of the fire. Steady rainfall is expected Saturday evening.

UPDATE: Friday 10:08 a.m.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Crook County has lifted all evacuations for Fish Fire residents.

As residents return home, they should be aware of fire traffic and incoming wet weather which could make road surfaces slick and cause debris movement in fire scars.

Julie Wilber

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 a.m.

Firefighters were successful yesterday resulting in the Fish fire being 20% contained and a fire growth of only approximately 200 acres.

Weather conditions are expected to continue to be favorable for both helicopter and fireline construction.

Highway 585 is open, however the public is asked to use caution if traveling on that highway. There could be heavy smoke and firefighters working in the area.

UPDATE: Wednesday 4:45 p.m.

Firefighters are making good progress today using air resources, hand crews and heavy equipment to go direct on the Fish fire as much as possible. The control lines that are currently in place have been holding.

UPDATE: Wednesday 11:30 a.m.

The Fish Fire now stands at 6476 acres and remains at 10% contained.

The fire remains most active on the eastern and southern sides. Aerial resources combined with dozers and hand crews have allowed construction of direct fireline on the western and northern sides of the fire.

Fire engines are focusing on structure protection on private lands. Residents south of Canyon Springs Road remain under evacuation. This includes approximately 20 homes.

The cause of the fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.

Officials remind the public that wildfires are a no fly zone including drones. For more information on flying restrictions, click here. The public should avoid the fire area to ensure that firefighter personnel have the capacity to do their jobs.

Below is an update from the Fish Fire SD’s Facebook page. Travis Lipp, Operations Section Chief with the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1, provides an update on the Fish Fire for Wednesday, August 3, 2022.



UPDATE – Wednesday 8:20 a.m.: The fire is 10% contained.

SUNDANCE, W.Y. – Tuesday 3:30 pm UPDATE: The acreage total has been increased to 6,500 acres. A type 1 team will be taking over on Wednesday to help combat the ongoing fire.

SUNDANCE, W.Y.-  Tuesday 2:29 PM UPDATE: The new fire estimate for the Fish Wildfire sits at 3,800 acres, almost a 6-fold increase from last report at noon Monday.

A type 3 team from the State of Wyoming Division of Forest is currently managing the fire, with a multitude of resources from local, state and federal entities.

No further evacuation notices have been posted in this latest update.

We will be sure to update this article with any new relevant information as it becomes available.

SUNDANCE, W.Y.- According to Crook County Emergency Management’s Facebook page, Weston County has suspended their evacuation order.

They are still advising residents to be ready to evacuate. Consequently, there is not shelter currently open in Sundance, but this decision will be reevaluated if the need arises. Highway 585 remains closed.

The Fish Fire still is not contained. The terrain is an obstacle preventing firefighters reaching fire areas.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.


SUNDANCE, W.Y. – New evacuations were issued around 10 PM Monday as the Fish Wildfire pushed south and southeast along highway 585 in Crook County.

Crook County Emergency Management facebook page

Crook County Emergency Management facebook page

An emergency shelter has been set up in Sundance, Wyoming in the basement of the courthouse for those displaced and are needing shelter.

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Weston County emergency management urging residents to prepare to evacuate all the way to Four Corners Wyoming where Highway 85 intersects 585.

The latest acreage on the fire still sits at 527 acres as of noon Monday, and there hasn’t been an update since that time.

Chris Yushta

Credit to: Chris Yushta

Any further information on the fires or any additional evacuations will be shared as soon as they are verified.


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