Laramie County Emergency Management says a total of 6,616 acres was torched by a wildfire that broke out on Friday in the Happy Jack Road/Horse Creek area.

You can read the statement here. It says the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, and the total cost to respond to the fire is still being added up.

In the release, Laramie County Fire Authority Fire Chief Jason Caughey says, “On behalf of all responding and supporting agencies, we want to thank the public for their cooperation and overwhelming support during and after this fire. It further quoted him as saying “With the quick response of our first responders and the cooperation of the public, we are happy to report that there were no injuries to people, livestock or animals.”

Damage From the Fire

In terms of damage from the fire, the release says "The fire affected more than 60 properties however only three residences suffered damage but were not a total loss. Other damage included, burnt pastures/fields, fence lines, power poles and out buildings. Total acreage for the fire area was 6,616 acres. Evacuation notices were issued for the Silver Sage, Quarter Circle, Happy Valley and Road 117 (Koster Rd.) Subdivisions. The fire was 100% contained on March 1, 2024 at 5:00pm. First responding agencies continued to monitor the area throughout the night and into Saturday, extinguishing small areas that continued to burn."

Anyone with information on the cause of the fire is being asked to call Detective Young with the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 633-4737.

According to the release, agencies from around the region helped out at the scene of the fire:

On-Scene Responding Agencies:

Laramie County Fire Authority, Laramie County Fire Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 10, Cheyenne Fire Rescue, FE Warren Fire, WY Air Guard Fire, Vedauwoo Fire, Poudre Fire Authority, Berthoud Fire, Loveland Fire, Laramie County Combined Communications Center (911 Dispatch),  Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie County Fire Warden, Laramie County Public Works, Wyoming State Forestry Division, United States Forest Service, American Red Cross, Black Hills Energy, Board of Public Utilities, Dooley Oil, North Christian Church.

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