SHERIDAN, WY — Goose Valley Fire responded to the report of a controlled burn out of control in the vicinity of Big Goose Rd at approximately 4:30pm on April 4th. Initial reports indicated a fire of approximately 1 acre, but with dry conditions and a sudden wind change the fire took off into some large Cottonwood trees, brush, and Cat Tails. Soon after Goose Valley Fire arrived the fire crossed an irrigation ditch and started running in a steep pasture and additional resources were requested from Sheridan Fire Rescue and Tongue River Fire. Local residents helped direct crews into the fire, and by sunset the fire was contained. Large burning cottonwood trees kept crews late into the night, and required follow-up visits the next day. The fire ended up over 30 acres. Goose Valley Fire thanks our many volunteers and paid professionals who answer the call to protect the citizens of Sheridan County.
The Sheridan County Fire Warden reminds folks whenever you begin controlled burning or bonfire activities, please Notify the Dispatch Center at 307-672-2413 so the fire department doesn’t show up uninvited; Check the weather forecast for warnings and if the humidity is below 20 percent or strong winds are predicted, avoid burning during that time; Have fire tools, water and a phone readily available, and please do not delay calling 911 for help if your burn gets out of hand as early response can minimize control efforts and potential damage.