Fire forces evacuation of dozens of homes near Upton - KOTA Territory News

Fire forces evacuation of dozens of homes near Upton


Fifty homeowners have been evacuated or put on notice thanks to a fire burning just outside of Upton, Wyoming.  Officials have also closed Highway 16 between Upton and Newcastle.

Weston County Sheriff Bryan Colvard said the fire is burning timber in an area about a half mile from Upton city limits.

It started at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. Colvard said the size and cause is unknown.  Because there were no weather events over the area, he suspected a spark from railroad. 

Colvard said changing winds may force the evacuation of more homes.



About 50 homeowners were evacuated or put on notice Tuesday afternoon due to a wildfire that flared up during red flag conditions near Upton, Wyoming.

The wildfire started at 1:15 PM and burned between 80 and 100 acres.

It burned through timber, threatened homes, and caused Highway 16 between Upton and Newcastle to close most of the afternoon, but the highway reopened around 7:00 PM and homeowners were allowed to return their homes.

Weston County Emergency Manager Doug Jorrey says some homes and other buildings were lost in the fire. "We're not sure if the houses that we lost were all occupied residences, but some of them were," said Jorrey.

The fire was originally thought to have started by the railroad tracks, but fire investigators have yet to confirm a cause.

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