Pole Creek Fire update - Wednesday, August 23

Date of Detection: August 4, 2017                                                   

Current Size: 2890                                                                

Location: 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY                     

Cause: Human Caused

Containment: 40%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 277 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:

  • Crews: 7
  • Helicopters (heavy): 1
  • Helicopters (medium): 2
  • Engines: 11

FIRE UPDATE – Yesterday, the warmer weather and increased winds created more active fire behavior in multiple divisions of the fire. As this will continue to happen, smoke will become more visible to the public.

Aerial resources have been increased to aid the crews working on the ground. This includes helicopters hauling buckets of water, and planes carrying fire retardant to drop along the fire edge. In conjunction with air support, crews will keep using direct and indirect tactics to help contain the fire perimeter.

In areas that have been impacted by firefighting efforts, rehabilitation efforts will continue. This includes repairing dozer lines and roads, as well as adding water bars to aid in future runoff in the area.

As many resources on the fire approach their 14-day working period limit, they will begin the process of checking out and heading home for days off to prepare for their next assignment. Personnel will be brought in to replace them as necessary.

 As a Reminder:

  1. 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
  2. Although a closure is still in place, 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        
  3. Local hunters are advised that archery bear hunt area 11, in the southeast Kemmerer Ranger District, is effected by the Bridger-Teton National Forest area closure. For more information please visithttps://wgfd.wyo.gov or call (307) 875-3223.




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