Lick Creek Fire Burning in Big Horn National Forest
Written by jordanmckamey on August 1, 2019
On the evening of July 30th–firefighters were looking for two reported fires in northern portion of the Bighorn National Forest. It was determined that there is likely only one fire–named the Lick Creek fire.
It is currently four acres in size, burning in heavy timber fuels. Approximately 15 firefighters using All Terrain Vehicles and one helicopter from the Wyoming State Forestry arrived on the fire this Tuesday morning to begin suppression actions–fireline construction and water drops.
Firefighters on the Lick Creek fire encountered challenging conditions yesterday. The fire held to it’s current size of four acres but two fire fighters suffered injuries. One had a heat related illness and another had an eye injury. Part of the fire is in a steep canyon and inaccessible to firefighters. An additional 10 firefighters from the Wind River Agency arrived to help secure the fire. Containment is at 0% but a saw line was completed.
The public should remain out of the fire area. Forest Road 147 and Trail 076 have been temporarily closed, with an exception for the public to remove any trailers that may be down FR 147.