Lake Owen Fire Update: 80% Contained

Jul 9, 2014

The Lake Owen forest fire, in the Medicine Bow National Forest area, is now 80% contained the U.S. Forest service reports. 

Credit Aaron Voos, U.S. Forest Service

The fire covers approximately 500 acres and has caused the evacuation of nearby campers. Residents along Fox Creek Road and in Woods Landing, Jelm, and Albany are still being urged to shelter in place. Three heavy air tankers and 150 personnel are currently working on the fire.

Favorable weather conditions on Tuesday helped firefighters secure much of the blaze, and today crews expect to continue securing the line as well as assessing spot fires. 

The Red Cross has opened shelters at both Harmony School and Centennial School. The cause of the fire is still unknown.