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Help those affected by the Squirrel Creek Fire in Wyoming

Here’s how you can help:

Help Community Members

There’s a community group called “Squirrel Creek Wish List” for those who’ve been evacuated and those who wish to help. Find it on Facebook here. The Red Cross is also coordinating volunteer efforts and supplies. More information on that below. 

Help the Firefighters

I talked to the crew at the Big Laramie Valley Station tonight to see what they could use. Another team of firefighters (Type 2 Incident Team) will be staying overnight at the Wycolo Fire Station, likely starting tomorrow. They’re in need of one to two dozen cots and/or sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, and sheets for those staying overnight to battle the blaze.

The fire crew also needs the following:

  • Water (priority)
  • Gatorade
  • Energy Bars
  • Jerky 
  • Other prepackaged snacks
  • Wet wipes
  • Other things typically needed are lip balm, over-the-calf cotton socks, cotton t-shirts, baby powder, deodorant and other toiletries, and towels

Update 8:41 AM MST: 

Items also needed by the firefighters: 

  • Bug spray
  • Eyedrops
  • Sunscreen
  • Nuskin
  • Ice

Update 3:41 PM MST:

Fire crews need the following:

  • Hand wipes
  • Men’s and women’s deodorant
  • Snack size Ziploc bags
  • Notepads
  • Blue ink pens (MUST BE BLUE)
  • Windshield markers (white in color)
  • Sharpies
  • Ice/coolers

Donations to the fire crew can be taken to the Big Laramie Valley Station 1 at 2004 Highway 230. The road is closed just a few miles past the fire station, meaning the Wycolo Station is not accessible to citizens. If you’re unable to get supplies to either place, message me here or email me at meglanker@gmail.com. Taking them to the Big Laramie Valley Station or the Albany County Fire Station.

My pal, Kathleen Vernon-Kubichek, also wrote that anyone can email her at kc.vernon@gmail.com because she’ll be taking supplies to station 1 on Highway 230 with her truck. She’s already been up once this morning and updated me with what people need. So you can contact her as well.

Get Volunteer Information

There will be a briefing by the Red Cross at the Albany County Fairgrounds (out on south Hwy 287) tomorrow at 10 AM. This is an excellent time to find out if supplies and/or volunteers are needed.

To volunteer, go to the Albany County Fairgrounds to speak with Red Cross Personnel. They’re conducting trainings today and (I hear) tomorrow.

Be Safe

Finally, stay up to date on the fires and community response here on Cognitive Dissonance, get the official scoop from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office here, and get word on the progress made on the Squirrel Creek fire on InciWeb. Evacuation information can be found at both places. If you have any questions, call non-emergency dispatch at 307-721-2526. Keep in mind, there’s always rumors floating about. Though dispatch is getting slammed, it’s better to call and check before posting an area is being evacuated when it’s not online — especially areas in the city limits. That makes people panic. Currently, the fire is roughly 20-25 miles from Laramie. Here’s a map with the evacuation area marked.

To receive evacuation information, sign up for the emergency notification system CodeRED. Any pre-evacuation or evacuation notices are delivered though this system and the Sheriff’s Office website linked above. CodeRED will automatically call your phone if evacuations are ordered, and you can also elect to receive text alerts. The current evacuation point is the Albany County Fairgrounds

Remember, the fire restrictions/burn ban are still in effect for Albany County — not to mention much of the Mountain West. This Fourth of July, do not celebrate America by blowing up a small piece of it with fireworks. You might set it on fire instead. Plus, you’ll be breaking the law. So just don’t do it. You’re an ass if you do.

Currently, the fire is 7,000+ acres and 0% contained. I just came from the fire station and it began storming while I was there. The rain is good, but the lightning is not. So stay tuned. 

I’ll continue to post updates as I receive more information. Please, share this far and wide.

Stay safe folks,

Meg

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EMERGENCY FIRE EVACUATION: Albany County, Wyoming

Update 10:54 PM MST: 

Details and more information on the Squirrel Creek Fire will be provided Monday morning due to rapidly changing conditions and emphasis on emergency operations Sunday.

There will be a Red Cross Community Briefing tomorrow morning at 10 AM in the Albany County Fairgrounds building. I’ll continue to post any info as it comes in tonight. Follow Laramie Live here for the story as well.

cognitivedissonance:

Update 10:28 PM MST:

Urgent Code Red Evacuation Update - The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued an expanded Code Red Immediate Evacuation Notice:

- This is a code red immediate evacuation notice for all residents from Jelm Mountain on the south, north along Sheep Mountain and all the way to Highway 130.

- This includes the west side of Highway 230 and Sheep Mountain, up to Lake Hattie.

- The Squirrel Creek Fire is advancing quickly. Please advise your neighbor if you have time. Please remain calm and aware. Your evacuation point is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please refrain from calling dispatch.

- Refer to previous announcements for other evacuation notices.

- Size is over 2000 acres and growing very rapidly.

- Fire started in the Squirrel Creek drainage on the Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District; approx. 2 miles south/southeast of Lake Owen and 3 -4 miles west/northwest of Woods Landing, Wyo.

- It was discovered Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. and is actively burning in beetle-killed timber. Red Flag conditions and exceptionally dry fuels are contributing to active burning and fire growth.

- Ground crews worked into the night on Saturday to complete burnout operations in order to remove unburned fuels with the intent to aid in containment efforts. Air resources also worked to slow the fire’s growth yesterday.

- On Sunday fire personnel have assisted the Sheriff’s Department in evacuating residents and the Public from the Fox Creek Road area.

- The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for all residents along the Fox Creek Road and from Jelm Mountain on the south, north along Sheep Mountain and all the way to Highway 130. This includes the west side of Highway 230 and Sheep Mountain, up to Lake Hattie.

- Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residents of Fox Park and Albany. Multiple Code Red messages have been sent to residents of these areas. The most recent said: “You are receiving this code red as a notice to evacuate immediately. The Squirrel Creek Fire is advancing quickly. Please advise your neighbor if you have time. Please remain calm and aware. Your evacuation point is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please refrain from calling dispatch.”

- Currently there are several engines, a Type II Initial Attack crew, and misc. air resources assisting with the fire. Additional crews and air resources have been ordered.

- A Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire.

- Additional/periodic updates will be posted to this site as information becomes available.

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

http://inciweb.org/incident/2970

“Incident Overview

- Size is approximately 500 acres and growing.

- Fire is burning in the Squirrel Creek drainage on the Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie Ranger District; approx. 2 miles south/southeast of Lake Owen and 3 -4 miles west/northwest of Woods Landing, Wyo.

- It was discovered Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m. and is actively burning in beetle-killed timber.

Red Flag conditions and exceptionally dry fuels are contributing to active burning and fire growth.

- Ground crews worked into the night on Saturday to complete burnout operations in order to remove unburned fuels with the intent to aid in containment efforts. Air resources also worked to slow the fire’s growth yesterday.

- On Sunday fire personnel have assisted the Sheriff’s Department in evacuating residents and the Public from the Fox Creek Road area.

- The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation notices for residents along the Fox Creek Road.

- Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for residents of Woods Landing, Fox Park and Albany.

The Code Red message to residents of these areas said: “The Squirrel Creek Fire between Fox Creek Road and Highway 230 is unpredictable. We recommend that all be prepared to evacuate on short notice. This is a pre-evacuation notice that should be taken seriously. Please do not call dispatch at this time.”

- Currently there are several engines, a Type II Initial Attack crew, and misc. air resources assisting with the fire. Additional crews and air resources have been ordered. - A Type 3 Incident Management Team is currently managing the fire. - Additional/periodic updates will be posted to this site as information becomes available.”

GET OUT NOW. People are being evacuated to the Albany County Fairgrounds and there will be a Red Cross Community Briefing at 10 AM tomorrow at the community center. I’ll be going live on 93.5 FM in Laramie shortly with the Red Cross. This fire is growing very rapidly. DO NOT mess around and get out now.

Highway 230 is experiencing closures, keep that in mind. Please share this info.

Posted 8:37 PM MST, July 1st.

Be safe,
Meg

UPDATE 9:09 MST Evacuation map here: http://www.co.albany.wy.us/Data/Sites/1/media/squirrelcreekfireevac.pdf

UPDATE 9:13 PM MST: 

Urgent Code Red Evacuation Update - The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued a New Code Red Immediate Evacuation Notice for the area from Woods Landing to Jelm and along Highway 10.

The evacuation center is the Albany County Fairgrounds. Please be calm and drive carefully. Please notify your neighbors to make sure they are aware of the evacuation.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following Code Red Pre-evacuation notice: “This is a Code Red Pre-evacuation notice for all residents on the west side of 230 (Highway) and east of Sheep Mountain. The Squirrel Creek Fire has jumped Fox Creek Road and Sheep Mountain is involved. Please prepare yourself to evacuate on short notice if necessary. We are requesting that you not contact dispatch at this time due to an overage of call activity. Remain calm and aware.”

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