Fire crews working on grassfire near Laramie

Albany County, Wyo. - UPDATE - On March 5th at 1100 hours, units from the Laramie Fire Department and Albany County Fire District #1 were dispatched to the area of Wade’s Trailer Court at 276 Highway 230. High winds in the area today quickly spread the fire throughout the area as units were arriving. Multiple structures rapidly became involved, and the winds also caused spot fires. At this time, fire personnel have been able to bring most of the fire under control and are continuing suppression and overhaul efforts.

In addition to LFD & ACFD#1, resources from the United States Forest Service, Albany County Emergency Management Agency, Albany County Fire Warden’s Office, Laramie Parks Department, and Laramie Street Department. Officers and Deputies from the Laramie Police Department, Albany County Sheriff’s Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol assisted in helping residents evacuate the neighborhood.

A shelter for displaced people and animals has been set up at the Albany County Fair Grounds. Anyone wishing to donate funds for these people can do so through Interfaith Good Samaritan. A meeting for the evacuees regarding further details is being planned for 5pm at the fairgrounds. Arrangements are being made for anyone with children in school who live in the area of evacuation to transport them to the fairgrounds. Notifications of times to re-enter the area will also be made by Emergency Management, and are expected to take at least 4-5 hours.

The American Red Cross of Wyoming has opened an evacuation center for people affected by a wildfire near Laramie.

The fire has forced evacuation of the Wade’s Mobile Manor along Wyoming Highway 230 and multiple crews are working on putting out the fire. Strong winds are creating bad conditions for crews and adding fuel to the flames.

An evacuation center is located at the Albany County Fairgrounds and will provide a safe and warm location for those evacuated. Red Cross disaster responders will be on hand to provide comfort and care for as long as they are needed.

Photo Courtesy: Dana McKinley