Wyoming Fire Featuring 40-Foot Flame Length Under Investigation
A Sunday afternoon blaze that threatened some buildings and damaged fencing in the Rock Springs remains under investigation, according to a Facebook post from the Rock Springs Police Department.
According to the post, the Rock Springs Police Department and Rock Springs Fire Department were called out shortly before 1:30 p.m. to an area near Converse Court in Rock Springs.
Originally 9 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, but firefighters asked for more help and two wildland fire engines from the Sweetwater County Fire Department rushed to the scene.
The post goes on to say "Upon arrival, a fire was located in the vacant area behind Converse Ct. burning grass and sage, extending into trees in the fire area. On scene size-up indicated aggressive fire behavior and flame lengths up to 40 feet. Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Gatti initiated structure protection and directed additional resources to attack and suppress the vegetation fire. Due to the fire, power lines in the area of the fire were impacted; Rocky Mountain Power responded to the scene to disconnect power to downed lines which were on the ground and sparking."
The fire was declared controlled just before 2 p.m., although mop-up work continued for a while after that. Because of hot dry weather, authorities in the area are urging people to be careful with fire and anything that might spark a blaze.