RSFD releases information on July 4th fire incidents

RSFD releases information on July 4th fire incidents
Photo courtesy of Rock Springs Fire Department

July 5, 2024 — Wyo4News

Last night, Rock Springs celebrated the country’s independence with a fireworks display. Unfortunately, there were also numerous fires in connection with the fireworks. Although no fatalities were reported, at least one of the affected locations suffered significant property damage.

The Rock Springs Fire Department is asking residents to avoid the affected areas as cleanup efforts continue today.

Below is a press release from the Rock Springs Fire Department:

Sweetwater County Fire District #1 and Bureau of Land Management crews were dispatched to a total of nine (9) fires on the night of July 4th.thall fires were fireworks related. The first fire was reported at Point of Rocks and is estimated to be approximately 2 acres. Crews responded to a second fire on Highway 430 at mile 2 that was reported to be approximately 1 acre in size. A third fire was reported in the area of ​​Antelope Dr. and Mesa Dr. that threatened structures. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish this fire before structures were destroyed. The fire was approximately ¼ acre in size. The remaining grass fires were smaller and were quickly extinguished by firefighters. Sweetwater County Fire District #1 and the Bureau of Land Management have crews on both the Point of Rocks fire and Highway 430 today clearing the fire perimeter.

The largest fire of the night was reported at 292 Quadrant Dr. Firefighters were dispatched to a burning horse barn and haystack, with several buildings in danger and horses trapped in the buildings. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a large barn completely engulfed in flames and approximately 10 tons of hay with arcing electricity from power lines above. The residents’ main house sustained moderate damage from the heat of the fire. Sweetwater County Fire District #1 Fire Chief Scott Kitchner stated, “We were very fortunate that the owners’ house did not burn down as well.” Two horses were freed and reportedly uninjured. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours to extinguish the fire.

According to Fire Chief Scott Kitchner these 4th The July Holidays were an extremely difficult night of fires for our agency, stretching our resources almost to the breaking point. We barely had enough staff and resources to handle the influx of fire service calls.

The public is urged to be cautious and avoid the affected areas as fire-fighting operations are still ongoing today.

Sweetwater County Fire District #1 would like to remind citizens that southwest Wyoming is drying out and urges them to be cautious when engaging in outdoor activities. Citizens should be aware that discharging fireworks on federal lands is illegal and is only permitted on private property within the county, and they may be held liable for firefighting costs.

Fire Chief Kitchner would like to thank the firefighters of Fire District #1 and the BLM for the great job they did under extremely stressful conditions. This was another great example of the dedicated first responders we have in our community. We would also like to thank the Rock Springs Fire Department, Rock Springs Police Department, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Sweetwater County Combined Communications Center, Castle Rock Ambulance Service and Sweetwater County Road and Bridge Department for all the help your agencies provided.