Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:04:16 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Fish Fire
Last Updated
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:45 PM MST
(19 mins, 15 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:34 AM MDT
(4 months ago)
Incident Type
24.9 miles WSW of Spearfish, SD
Responsible Agency
Responsible Fire Unit
Crook County
Contain: 08/14/22 1500 | Control: 08/30/22 1400
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Fish Fire was reported on Sunday, July 31 at 11:30 a.m. The fire is located 7 miles south of Sundance, Wyoming and east of Wyoming Highway 585. It is on the Bearlodge Ranger District, Black Hills National Forest in steep, rugged terrain on Iron Mountain. The fire started on private land and was human caused.

The Wyoming State Type 3 Incident Management Team 3 began managing the incident on August 2, but due to rapid growth and spread of the fire, the Rocky Mountain Complex Incident Management Team 1 took over command of the fire the following day, August 3. Command of the fire reverted to the Wyoming Type 3 Team on Monday, August 8. It is anticipated that command of the fire will be turned over to local agencies when circumstances allow.

Resources from Crook County and other local organizations, several Federal agencies, Wyoming State Forestry Division and private contractors are working on the fire. 98% of the fire perimeter is now surrounded by containment lines. Crews are mopping up and cold trailing the firelines, and a separate division is repairing disturbance created by firefighting activities in order to reduce possible erosion and to protect water quality.

Smoke may still be seen in interior areas of the fire and officials ask the public to use caution while driving in the event of smoky conditions. For more information on smoke impacts, visit https://www.airnow.gov/wildfires/

The Black Hills National Forest has an area closure in place for the area south of Crook County Road (Clark Road) and Wyoming Highway 585, east to Reynolds Road (FSR 872), south to the Moskee townsite and west to Wyoming Highway 585. The purpose of the closure is to provide for public safety and safe egress of fire vehicles in the vicinity of the Fish Fire. Links to the official Closure Order and map are available as follows.

Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1046768.pdf

Closure Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1046767.pdf

There are no road closures in the area at this time. For further information on Wyoming road conditions, please visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation website.

Please do not fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, in the wildfire area. “If You Fly, We Can’t” campaign emphasizes the serious risks posed to firefighter and public safety from unauthorized drone flights during wildfire suppression operations.

Additional information can also be found at the incident Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FishFireSD/

An online interactive map of the Fish Fire is now available. This map allows users to zoom and move around the map. In the top left corner, a Search feature allows users to input an address to see where the address is in relation to the fire. The Ruler feature can be used to calculate the distance of a selected location to another point, such as the edge of the fire.

Click on this link to reach the map: Fish Fire Interactive Map

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Incident Type
Date of Origin
Sunday July 31st, 2022 approx. 11:34 AM
7 miles south of Sundance WY East of Highway 585 (Iron Mountain)
Incident Commander
Tim Sherwin, Eric Neiswanger: Wyoming State Type 3 Incident Management Team 3
44.301, -104.294
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Saturday August 20th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Short Grass (1 foot)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Timber (Grass and Understory)

Ponderosa Pine, with open stands on south and west aspects with closed canopy on the north aspects. Grass is currently about 2/3 cured. Fire is carrying in the grass when wind driven otherwise fire is only carrying in the timber/timber litter.
Significant Events
Isolated Torching

Fire behavior was minimal with creeping and smoldering in primarily heavy fuels.
Planned Actions
Patrol and mop-up to the extent necessary to control fire spread. Continue suppression repair
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Smoldering and creeping, no to low flame length and rate of spread. Heavies and stump holes with continue to burn. A drying trend continues to dry fine fuels.

24 hours: Fuels will be at levels that have potential for fire growth where there is an ignition source.

48 hours: Fuels will be at levels that have potential for fire growth where there is an ignition source.

72 hours: Fuels will be at levels that have potential for fire growth where there is an ignition source.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fuels will be at levels that have potential for fire growth where there is an ignition source.
Weather Concerns
Today: Hot and dry conditions will persist for much of the week with high temperatures around 90 and minimum relative humidity of 15-20 percent.

72+ hrs:
The next chance of thunderstorms is Thursday night and Friday.
Incident Contact
Fish Fire Information
Email: 2022.fish.sd@firenet.gov
Phone: 307-363-0046
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Wyoming State Forestry
5500 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne , WY 82002
Dispatch Contact
Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center | Rapid City, SD
Phone: 605-399-3160
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gpc/
Incident Map

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