Cheyenne, WY. — Lightning was the cause of a wildfire that has burned about 3 square miles of timber in a Medicine Bow National Forest, according to investigators.
The Keystone Fire was detected on July 3, 1.5 miles southwest of the Rob Roy Reservoir or 7 miles west of Albany, Wyoming. The fire grew quickly in dense beetle infested timber threatening multiple communities, campers and campgrounds. Albany County Sheriff implemented evacuations for the communities of Keystone, Rambler, Lake Creek and Moores Gulch, and all dispersed campers near Rob Roy, Cinnabar Park, and Bobbie Thomson.
After growing quickly last week, and on July 4th command of the fire was transfered to a Type II management team. Officials say the fire has been relatively inactive this week, which has allowed firefighters to contain about 15 percent of the fire.
However, plenty of heavy fuels remain in the area, that could yet cause a growth in the fire. Firefighters continue to construct containment lines and conduct burnouts to prevent fire spread.