Fontenelle Fire - June 28 - PM Update
by Fontenelle Fire Management Team
June 28, 2012
Status: The Fontenelle Fire is burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest approximately 17 miles west of Big Piney. The fire was reported on June 24, 2012 and is under investigation. At this time the burned area is measured at almost 23,000 acres.
Objectives for the Fire:
• Provide for firefighter and public safety
• Minimize impacts to oil/gas infrastructure & restore access as soon as safely possible
• Prepare and protect structures in Snider Basin
• Keep the fire to the east of Clear Creek
Recent Events: High winds caused active fire behavior throughout the day. The fire’s spread has continued in heavy fuels and slowed when reaching sagebrush/grass. The fire has progressed through the Fish Creek drainage into the Middle Piney Creek area.
A meeting between incident personnel and industry managers took place today to coordinate protection of the natural gas infrastructure. At this time, no wells have been damaged by the fire.
The decision was made this evening to mobilize a National Incident Management Team (NIMO). The six-person NIMO team will provide additional fire management and logistical support.
Today’s Strategy: Firefighters strengthened the anchor point on the southwest corner of the fire and constructed fireline on the left and right flanks. Two additional 20 person fire crews are expected to arrive tomorrow to assist with suppression. Structure protection is in place at the Middle Piney summer home area.
Forecast: A Red Flag warning was extended until 9:00 pm tomorrow evening.
Closures: Road closures at present extend from the forest boundary at the top of Bare Pass at Red Castles, west to N. Piney Meadows and Tri Basin Divide, south to Cheese Pass, Mount Isabel, and Red Park, east to the junction of LaBarge Creek Road and the forest boundary, and north to Bare Pass. Further closures may be needed to ensure firefighter and public safety. The public is asked to be cautious when driving on the LaBarge Road between Hwy. 189 to the closure at the forest boundary as there may be large fire engines, fire traffic and impact from smoke.
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Fire Information: (307) 276-3324