Pole Creek Fire update - Monday, August 21


Date of Detection: August 4, 2017                                                                            

Current Size: 2812                                                               

Location: 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY               

Cause: Human Caused

Containment: 40%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 294 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:

  • Crews: 7
  • Type 1 Helicopters (Heavy): 1
  • Type 2 Helicopters (Medium): 2
  • Type 3 Helicopters (Light): 0
  • Engines: 13
  • Dozers: 0

According to NASA, “On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. The Pole Creek Fire will experience 95.89% totality. The duration of the Eclipse from start to finish will be 2 hours and 45 minutes. It will begin at 10:16 and end at 1:01.

We ask the public coming into the area to view the eclipse, please do not go past a 'Road Closed' sign. Firefighters are working in the area and for their safety and yours please do not enter into the area. In addition these areas are not safe for some time after a fire goes through an area. There will be hot spots, snags and downed timber that are hazardous to the public. As these areas become safe they will be opened. Be patient.

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

There has been a reduction in the Forest Area, Road and Trail Closure. To see the current Closure Area and Map go to the Bridger-Teton National Forest Website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf or www.inciweb.gov

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