UPDATE: Wildfire Burning Near Muddy MountainFriday AM Update: By K2 News Desk, Sensebaugh Fire Update: Between 300-350 acres have in the Muddy Mtn. area. No structures threatened now, but we're told the closest structures are around one mile away.
Two SEATs(Single Engine Air Tanker) were dropping 700 gallons of retardant per drop yesterday, along with a helicopter dropping water. SEATs are compared to a traditional crop duster.
Unusual fire activity is described, as the grass is still green and NOT burning, but previously downed trees are. Flames described as 100-150 ft. tall yesterday.
Hot shots are expected to fight the fire tomorrow.
Land is all Medicine Bow National forrest. U.S. Forrest service has the lead in the fire fighting efforts.
Check back here for more updates.
No injuries, no structures burned. Power lines are in the area.
***For those wondering, the DC-10's that we saw last year, fighting the Sheep Herder Hill Fire(Casper Mtn.), are not assisting in the fire fighting efforts. In fact, the company decided not to have them staged at the airport, after it was previously thought they would be year round. We're told it costs around $35,000 per drop.
A wildfire is burning in Southeastern Natrona County near Muddy Mountain. The Sensebaugh fire, named for nearby Sensebaugh Canyon, had burned more than 200 acres as of Thursday evening. The fire was burning in a rugged area near Bates Hole.
Several local, state, and federal agencies were on scene to battle the blaze. A state-owned helicopter was also battling the fire along with a single engine air tanker that was dropping retardant on the fire.
According to U.S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos, the Sensebaugh fire was moving Eastwards towards the Converse County line. Voos said crews would remain at the scene of the fire overnight to monitor its progress.
Reports of the fire came in Thursday afternoon. Some smoke from the fire was visible from Casper.
The wildfire comes amid a partial fire ban for Natrona County. Currently, fires in the county are only allowed in designated fire pits and smoking is only allowed in vehicles or areas devoid of flammable materials.
Smoke from the fire was visible from the K2 News studio in North Casper.