Fishhawk Fire Grows West of Cody–New Fire Reported in Sulphur Creek Area
Written by jordanmckamey on September 4, 2019
A new wildfire has grown rapidly east of Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming.
The Fishhawk fire was reported Monday evening in the Washakie Wilderness about 40 miles west of Cody and south of U.S. 14/16/20. An overflight of the area Tuesday afternoon indicated the fire had burned over 4,000 acres. The fire was initially spread quickly by gusty winds.
The U.S. Forest Service also closed a portion of the Shoshone National Forest due to the fire on Tuesday.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office also reported that another fire–the Stinkwater Fire was buring in the Sulphur Creek area and was said to have burned 50-acres.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Elsewhere in Wyoming, investigators say a weekend fire just outside Jackson was sparked by foil balloons that came into contact with power lines, causing sparks and burning balloon material to ignite dry grass. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from nearby homes.
Firefighters have gained about 37 percent containment on a fire burning near the Pathfinder Reservoir in central Wyoming.