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Lightning on South Pass causes fire

Aug 1, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

About three acres of forest was charred Tuesday morning after lightning struck an area near South Pass.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office record log, fire crews were dispatched at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday near milepost 48 on Highway 28 south of Lander for a report of smoke.

Fremont County deputy fire chief Dan Oakley said a thunderstorm that blew through central Wyoming brought lightning with it that caused the blaze.

"It's out now. We had trucks up there until about nine last night. ... Bureau of Land Management) stayed on scene with it overnight," Oakley said Wednesday. "It was a little over three acres."

Several fire departments responded to the wildfire, including Fremont County Fire Protection, Atlantic City, Lander Rural, Hudson, Fort Washakie, Battalion 1 of Riverton and the U.S. Forest Service.

This was the second lightning-caused fire in the county in less than a week.

Last Friday, firefighters responded to a brush fire at 2200 Baldwin Creek Road in rural Lander.

Although the fire burned near residential areas, Dave Peevey of the Lander Rural Fire Department said there were no structures damaged.

"It burned seven acres," Peevey said. "We were on scene for two or three hours."

Lander Volunteer firefighters and a U.S. Forest Service crew assisted Lander Rural in fighting the blaze.

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