Fontenelle Fire Fact Sheet for Tuesday, July 24, 2012
87% Contained, closures lifted
July 24, 2012
Status: The Fontenelle Fire began on June 24, 2012 and is located approximately 18 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming, mainly in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and BLM High Desert District with some state and private lands affected. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fire Statistics: 64,083 acres burned or 100 square miles | 87% contained | 67 personnel
Recent Events: Minimal fire behavior in all divisions. Seeding and rehabilitation of fire lines continues. Road and trail closure lifted.
Strategy: Continue fire line seeding and rehabilitation.
Variable fire severity within the fire's perimeter resulted in a mosaic burn pattern. While some areas saw extreme fire behavior that consumed all available vegetation, other portions were burned less severely or not at all. Smoke will be visible in the coming months as the fire creeps through unburned vegetation. Firefighters will monitor the fire throughout the summer to ensure that the isolated, interior fire activity stays within the existing perimeter.
A Type IV team will take over management of the fire at the end of shift on Thursday, July 26.
Closures: The closure order has been lifted in its entirety and all roads and trails within the fire perimeter are now open.
Warning signs are posted. The public is urged to use caution when entering the fire area as hazards such as fire-related traffic, snags, burning material, dust and ash are still present.