Fairfield Fire Grows to 700 Acres
by K2 News Desk, email@example.com
A fast moving wildfire is burning 10 miles Southwest of Lander near Sinks Canyon State Park. As of Monday afternoon, the Fairfield Fire had burned at least 700 acres.
Campgrounds in the area were evacuated on Monday afternoon along with the Homestead Park subdivision. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 50 structures are threatened.
The Sinks Canyon road was closed at the Lander Mountain road to all but emergency traffic. The Loop road is also closed at Fossil Hill.
The fire broke out around 11 a.m. Monday morning near the West end of Sinks Canyon on Fairfield Hill. The fire is being driven by strong winds and extremely dry conditions.
Over 200 firefighters are battling the fire along with a DC-10 tanker and other smaller aircraft.
The area has been under a red flag warning since late this weekend and the US Forest Service calls the situation "extreme." The Fairfield Fire has been classified as a Type Three fire, meaning that authorities expect it to last for several days.
The Fairfield fire burning near Sinks Canyon.