County and Forest Service crews knocked down small fire Saturday; In the forest off of the Loop Road’s south end

Among the responding fire fighting units was the Atlantic City Fire Battalion. This unit was located just off of the south entrance to the the Loop Road. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Lander, Wyo.) – A new forest fire reported Saturday afternoon off the Louis Lake Road outside of Lander is contained, Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam said.

The National Weather Service Office in Riverton reported on its Facebook page at about 2:30 p.m. that a 3-acre fire was burning about a mile from the Louis Lake Road junction on South Pass. Louis Lake Road is also called the Loop Road or Forest Road 300. Haslam said the initial call came in at about 2 p.m.

Haslam described the location as near Slate Creek. Managing Editor Ernie Over was in the area at the time and described the location as being between Highway 28 and Granier Meadows.

Haslam confirmed the approximate 3-acre size and said six apparatus and about 12 people worked the fire Saturday afternoon. The fire is out and four apparatus are still on scene, including county and U.S. Forest Service equipment and firefighters, to do mop up. He said the forest service will monitor the fire area for several days.

The south end Loop Road was briefly closed, but was reopened about 4 p.m. Saturday

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but Haslam said lightning is a good possibility. Campers and workers at South Pass City State Historic Site reported a “tremendous” lightning storm passed over the area Friday night.