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Oil Creek Fire

July 4, 2012 by staff 

Oil Creek Fire, Fed by bone-dry timber and fanned by hot winds, the four major wildfires burning in Wyoming on Tuesday have destroyed an unknown number of buildings and forced hundreds to evacuate. The largest, the Arapaho Fire burning near Laramie Peak southwest of Wheatland, had burned nearly 88,000 acres by Tuesday morning, said Jim Whittington, public information officer on the Arapaho Fire.

The fire was classified as 10-percent contained and has burned an undetermined number of structures as it has fanned out in rough terrain in the mountains near Laramie Peak.

“The real story on this fire has been the erratic winds, we’ve had this fire push north, push south, push east and push west at various times,” Whittington said.

Fire managers are pleased, he said, with the progress that the nearly 575 personnel fighting the fire have made. He said local fire departments and officials have been particularly helpful in protecting cabins and other structures.

“We’ve got structural protection in place, for all the places that might be affected today and tonight,” Whittington said. “We’ll be very vigilant about that.”

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