Fontenelle Fact Sheet for Saturday, June 30, 2012 – 45,009 acres
Evening update, 10:00 p.m.
by Fontenelle Fire management team
July 1, 2012
Status: The Fontenelle Fire is burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, BLM High Desert District and State/Private Lands approximately 17 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming. The fire began on June 24, 2012. The fire is currently 45,009 acres and burning in heavy, dead timber with occasional areas of grass and sage in the lower elevations.
• 45, 009 acres burned
• 5% contained
• 427 Personnel on scene
Recent Events: Today the fire continued to progress northeast, crossing Fish Creek and becoming established on the south end of Fish Creek Mountain. However a decrease in winds today slowed the overall spread of the fire limiting today’s growth to just under 8,000 acres.
Today’s Strategy: Firefighters took advantage of the reduced winds and lower temperatures to secure fireline along the southeast corner of the fire. Due to favorable conditions today, firefighters were able to improve the main anchor point near the fire’s origin. Other containment lines will continue to be constructed on various fronts, and as time passes, those areas will be improved and categorized as contained. The night shift will continue to protect structures along the Middle Piney road up to the Middle Piney summer homes.
Forecast: High winds and low relative humidity are forecast for tomorrow.
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.
Fontenelle Fire information phone: 307-276-3324