A wildfire burning near Lake Owen in the Medicine Bow National Forest prompted authorities to evacuate a campground and advise residents in the area to shelter in place.

The Owen Fire had burned roughly 300 acres as of 7 p.m. Monday, according to the InciWeb online fire information system.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office recommended residents of Woods Landing, Jelm, Fox Creek Road and Fox Park to shelter in place. Harmony School was opened as a shelter.

Authorities requested there be no unnecessary travel on Fox Creek Road.

Lake Owen Campground and Day-Use Area were evacuated due to the fire, as were dispersed campers in the area.

Firefighters had begun arriving in the area, which is southwest of Laramie, and were assessing the situation, Larry Sandoval, a public affairs officer with Medicine Bow National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, said shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol warned drivers the fire could force closure of state Highway 230 from the Woods Landing Area at Fox Creek Road to the Colorado state line. Lt. Tom Pritchard advised drivers to check if the road was open before attempting to use the highway.

(3) comments

Sassy
Sassy

There goes that forest- Thanks greenies

butch coolidge

Sassy, the word on the street is that the fire was started by a cigarette butt tossed out of a 3/4 ton gas guzzling pickup truck ;-0

Sassy
Sassy

Butch

Phew.....thank goodness I drive a 1 ton diesel truck and I don't smoke...;-0

Thanks for the report- Please keep us all updated!!!

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