Pole Creek fire update - Thursday, August 10

Kemmerer, Wyo., August 10, 2017 - The Pole Creek Fire, located 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY on the Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, remains at approximately 3,159 acres and is 20% contained.

Fire behavior was light yesterday due to cool temperatures, high humidity, and scattered precipitation. One half inch of rain was measured over the fire. Today’s weather is forecasted to be very similar to yesterday’s weather.

This trend is expected to last throughout the weekend. On the west end crews completed confinement lines in preparation for a firing operation when appropriate. Today firefighters will hold and improve completed line. On the south side yesterday firefighters scouted roads for access to active fire and established helispots, while engine crews mopped up smoldering fuel along the fire line.

Today hand crews will complete indirect fire line, and engine crews will extinguish pockets of residual heat on the fire perimeter. Structure protection crews completed work in a small community yesterday, and today will move south to assess structure protection needs in larger communities.

The area closure issued August 7, 2017 remains in effect. Although most roads in the area are still open for public use, Forest users are reminded to be alert for heavy vehicle traffic from firefighters on narrow and wet roads. Recent precipitation has made Forest roads especially treacherous.

Resources currently assigned to the fire include: four helicopters, four 20 person hand crews, and eighteen engines from Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Lincoln, and Sublette Counties. A total of 211 personnel are assigned to the incident.

Fire managers have decided that additional resources will be needed to meet our objectives, so Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 7 under the direction of Tony DeMasters will be arriving today and tomorrow in preparation for a transition of management of this fire from the current Type 3 team.

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