At 4:48 PM on September 9th, the Campbell County Fire Department responded to Barber Creek Road for a tank battery explosion/fire (column of black smoke was reported seen as far as Montana). Firefighters shut two pump jacks off that were feeding oil to the burning tank battery and extinguished the fire. Powder River Energy disconnected electricity going to the oil field location due to fire damage to the power lines and power pole.
An explosion in a 100 barrel oil tank caused the top of the tank to blow off and come to rest approximately 50 feet away. The oil in the exploded tank was lost to the fire. An adjacent tank received heat damage from the fire but the oil inside it was believed to be salvageable. The cause for the fire is undetermined. Preliminary fire damage estimate is $12,000. There were no injuries.