Weston Co. wildfire grows to 1,000 acres, smoke visible in Black Hills
OSAGE, Wyo. — The Skull Creek Fire, roughly six miles northwest of Osage Wyoming has grown to approximately 1,000 acres. This lighting caused fire started June 9 and is 30% contained.
The fire is actively burning at the time of writing.
The winds are expected to increase throughout the afternoon and there is a high wind warning in effect overnight Thursday. A red flag warning has been in effect from 10:00 a.m. Thursday and expires at 10 p.m. Thursday evening. A strong cold front will move through the area from west to east between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Thursday, causing the winds to shift and gust to 60 miles per hour.
The priority of the firefighting effort is firefighter and public safety.
Incident Commander Daniel Tysdal also listed minimization of public loss and protection of private timber and grazing as objectives of the multi-agency response.
The Sundown Trails Subdivision is in the pre-evacuation stage. Everyone in this subdivision has been notified.
No roads have been closed at this time.
The multi-agency effort now has over 40 firefighters on scene. Along with fire engines, there are multiple tenders (water-trucks) dozers and blades. Cooperators managing the fire include Weston County Fire Protection District, Wyoming State Forestry, Weston County Sheriff’s Office, Weston County Emergency Management, and the United State Forest Service Thunder Basin National Grassland unit.
— NWS Rapid City (@NWSRapidCity) June 9, 2021