Pole Creek Fire update - Friday, August 18


Date of Detection: August 4, 2017
Current Size: 3030
Location: 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY
Cause: Human Caused
Containment: 36%
Resources on Fire: There are currently 327 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:

  • Crews: 7
  • Type 1 Helicopters (Heavy): 1
  • Type 2 Helicopters (Medium): 2
  • Type 3 Helicopters (Light):1
  • Engines: 16
  • Dozers: 1

FIRE UPDATE – Firefighters continue to work improving the line, putting out hotspots, clearing snags and fallen trees. There will be hotspots that will produce smoke into the months ahead so the public should not be surprised if they see smoke coming from the fire area. Please do not call 911. Forest Service firefighters will continue to monitor and work in the interior of the fire area.

Warmer and drier conditions are expected within the fire vicinity over the next few days and into the weekend. While the weather has a chance to increase fire behavior, it is expected to remain light or moderate with interior burning and some possible isolated torching with minimal growth.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest would like to remind visitors coming to see the Eclipse to be extremely careful when recreating on the Forest. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place. Please do not drive off of the road into grassy areas, the vegetation is extremely dry and flammable. When leaving your campsite be sure to put your campfire out, it should be cold to the touch. While driving, be patient; we expect large crowds of visitors to be using the roadways.

As a reminder:
1. The Bridger Teton National Forest area closure issued August 7, 2017 remains in effect. Forest users are reminded to be alert for heavy vehicle traffic from firefighters on narrow roads and to stay out of the closure area.

2. Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect on August 15, 2017 for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, and National Elk Refuge. For more information please visit: https://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/dispatch/wy-tdc/index.php

3. Local hunters are advised that archery bear hunt area 11, in the southeast Kemmerer Ranger District, is affected by the Bridger-Teton National Forest area closure. For more information please visit https://wgfd.wyo.gov or call (307) 875-3223.

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