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Wildfire burns 3,200 acres in western Converse County

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A wildfire in western Converse County has so far burned roughly 3,200 acres.

The Sand Springs fire began around noon Wednesday and is burning primarily in tall grasses. Officials believe there is no threat to people or buildings in the area.

Firefighters from Glenrock, the Bureau of Land Management and county and state crews are working to suppress the fire, officials said Thursday morning. Crews had difficulty reaching the blaze due to sandy soil in the area, which increased the chances of trucks getting stuck, Converse County Emergency Management reported.

The fire jumped containment lines multiple times, and firefighters were contending with shifting winds, authorities said.

The blaze, around 25 miles northeast of Casper, was caused by a vehicle fire.

Hot temperatures and breezy weather on Wednesday helped the fire spread to around 2,500 acres by the end of the day. It was hot and dry again Thursday, which Carmen Thomason of BLM Wyoming said may mean it spreads more before the day is out.

The fire area straddles land owned by the BLM and others. Officials were working Thursday to put together a map of all affected landowners.

There had been no road closures or evacuations as of mid-morning Thursday.

BLM land in Converse County has been under Stage 1 fire restrictions since last week, meaning open fires and smoking in many places are prohibited. The June 13 order putting the restrictions in place notes dry conditions and high fire danger in the county.


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