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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Denver Jake fire 60 percent contained


August 17, 2018

WORLAND – The Denver Jake fire, 16 miles southwest of Worland, was 60 percent contained Thursday morning according to Bureau of Land Management public affairs specialist Cindy Wertz.

Wertz stated that the fire has mapped out at 7,100 acres, is burning in difficult terrain of mostly sagebrush and grasses and was probably started by lightning.

At the peak, the fire was being fought by 110 firefighters, 12 engines, two bulldozers, three water tenders, four single engine air tankers and two helicopters, Wertz said.

Wertz said that crews on Wednesday constructed a dozer line along the east side of the fire and that on Thursday the hand crews continued to work on finishing the line construction.

“They are going to transition the fire down to a type four team [local resources] at the end of today [Thursday]. They believe they have a good handle on this fire. That’s a positive thing,” Wertz said.

The fire started about 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening off of the No Water Stock Trail.


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