Simpson Lake Cabins are located in the backcountry of Wyoming, not far from Dubois. It takes a 4-mile hike over a stream and up the Wind River Mountains in order to reach the project site. Volunteers needed to pack light; pack animals take all the supplies up ahead of the group, and walking can be treacherous if you’re not prepared for the altitude or the terrain. While session one volunteers completed their mission for the week, they saw dark skies full of smoke in the distance and were wary the entire time they hammered and sawed. After a successful session, the entire group of volunteers and staff left the site to head home.
News quickly spread that there was a large forest fire in the surrounding area and this past week, it was determined that the entry route to the project site would be closed. The fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike on July 11 and is currently only 5% contained. Simpson Lake staff and volunteers were notified this week that session two of the Simpson Lake project, which was to begin on July 31, would not take place.
HistoriCorps sends thank-yous to all of our Simpson Lake volunteers and we are all eagerly watching the news in the hopes that the fire there will be contained quickly without any significant damage to the families who make their homes in the area. Check back in with us for more updates on the Simpson Lake project and the fires in the area.
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