Wyo. fire departments battle oil well fire

Lack of exact location of oil wells concerns emergency responders


By Kelsey Bray and Trevor Brown
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A fire with flames 100 to 200 feet high erupted Friday at an oil well east of Cheyenne owned by SM Energy.

The fire at 1781 County Road 136 started in an oil treater containing 20 to 250 gallons of an oil and water mixture, Laramie County Fire District 2 spokesman Lew Simpson said. The treater overflowed and was ignited.

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