A wildfire that sparked on Monday in the Medicine Bow National Forest west of Laramie continues to grow, and remains at zero percent containment.
The fire grew to 376 acres as of Wednesday night, and more than 300 firefighters have been called out to help combat the blaze. Large smoke plumes from the Keystone Wildfire could be seen from Laramie, and structure defense in the area was the main focus yesterday.
In preparation ahead of the flame front, the firefighters are clearing brush and timber litter away from homes. The firefighters will anticipate utilizing a complex configuration of water tanks and sprinkler systems that can be turned on and left if fire enters the area.
Large municipal engines have been ordered to help protect the homes in all areas of the fire. Logging equipment will be brought in to fortify the containment lines.
Helicopters continue to help firefighters on the ground locate spot fires and deliver water to those spots. The Keystone Fire has two Type 1 and one Type 3 helicopters. The Wyoming State helicopter is still being used on the fire.
A community meeting to address the Keystone Wildfire has been scheduled for Thursday night at Centennial School at 7 p.m.