Pole Creek Fire update - Wednesday, August 30

A helicopter attempts to extinguish part of the Pole Creek Fire on Tuesday, August 29. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Date of Detection: August 4, 2017                                                        

Current Size: 3114                                                       

Location: 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY             

Cause: Human Caused

Containment: 55%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 164 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:

Crews: 4

Helicopters: 2 (1 Medium and 1 Light)

Engines: 6


FIRE UPDATE- The moderate weather yesterday allowed firefighters to extinguish hot spots within and along the fire perimeter. The expected cooler temperatures and possible thunderstorms today will moderate fire behavior. Incident managers are adjusting resources to match the current fire conditions.

Today, firefighters plan to manage the slow spreading fire through the dense fuels to roads and natural fire breaks along the fire perimeter. This will help firefighters hold the fire in place when burning conditions increase. Firefighter safety remains the top priority while minimizing impacts to private property, grazing, timber, and important habitat. The Type 3 Incident Management Team will also respond to any new fires in the area.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest allows wood and/or charcoal campfires in backcountry locations in established fire rings only. Forest users are required to attend their campfires at all times. In Lincoln County and much of southwestern Wyoming grasses and other vegetation are critically dry. Extreme caution is urged when starting and putting out a campfire on public or private lands.

There is a Forest Area, Road and Trail Closure in place for the Pole Creek Fire. This closure is for public and firefighter safety. Those spending time near the fire area are advised to stay alert to changing conditions. 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        

Hunters are advised that archery bear, antelope, deer, elk, and moose hunt areas in the southeast Kemmerer Ranger District are 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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