More resources ordered for Fontenelle Fire
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
June 26, 2012
The 100-acre Fontenelle Fire was reported on the Bridger-Teton National Forest around 4:30pm on Sunday, June 24.
The cause of this fire is under investigation. It is burning in heavy dead and fallen timber. The fire is located approximately 33-miles northwest of the community of La Barge Wyoming. There are no closures or evacuations in place at this time. The fire danger rating for the area is "High".
The Fontenelle Fire has one Type 3 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter assigned to it. Helicopters used for firefighting missions are selected for both their lifting capability as well as their large cabin size to accommodate the crew. A Type 2 helicopter can carry 9-14 passengers and up to 300 gallons of water, or retardant, while a Type 3 helicopter is smaller, carrying up to 8 passengers an 100 gallons of liquid. Yesterday, firefighters ordered a retardant drop for the south side of the fire. Today, efforts are focusing on keeping the fire south of the La Barge Creek road.
The Bridger-Teton has ordered a Type 3 Incident Management Team to combat the fire. That Team will assume control this evening at 6:00 p.m. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is called upon when capabilities exceed what the Forest can manage internally. This Team will manage the incident and the resources for an extended period of time until containment/control is achieved, or the fire expands beyond their capabilities.
Fontenelle Fire Inciweb