The Highlands Fire, burning 13 miles southeast of Newcastle, WY, continues to burn actively resulting in the closure of Highway 16 between milepost 4 and 5. The fire is burning in grass and timber in the vicinity of several homes.
Sixty of these structures are being threatened by current fire activity. Several initial attack resources from Federal, State, and local agencies are on scene and more are responding. Heavy air tankers are supporting the effort and a Type 3 team has been ordered to manage the fire.
As always, the safety of the public and the firefighters is a priority. The public is urged to remain clear of the area to reduce traffic congestion.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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