Fontenelle Fire - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
by Great Basin IMT Team 5
July 11, 2012
Fontenelle Fact Sheet for Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 6:00 a.m.
Status: The Fontenelle Fire began on June 24, 2012 and is burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, BLM High Desert District, and state and private lands approximately 18 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming. The fire is burning in heavy, dead timber with occasional areas of grass and sage in the lower elevations. A transition guide is being developed to turn the fire over to a local Type III team this Saturday.
Fire Statistics: 64,083 acres burned (no change) or 100 sq miles | 76% contained | 667 personnel on scene
Recent Events: Resources will focus on constructing line and mopping up the remaining portions of the fire’s perimeter, and firefighters will continue rehabilitation on the eastern flank. The local BLM Field Office will also begin collecting information on fence line impacted by the fire to make appropriate repairs.
Gas and oil production and helium plant construction are resuming operations. Permittees will also continue to move cattle into summer pastures within and around the fire perimeter.
Today’s Strategy: The northern and western portions of the fire continue to burn and torch in some areas. Hand crews will continue rehabilitation and construction of line while mopping up on the south and east sides of the fire.
Forecast: A Red Flag warning is in effect through Wednesday, with chances of scattered dry thunderstorms below 8,500 feet. Portions of the fire above 8,500 feet may experience wetting rains with lightning.
Closures: Road closures extend south from Bare Pass, 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 north to Bare Pass along the forest boundary. Further closures may be needed to ensure firefighter and public safety. The public is asked to be cautious when driving on the Middle Piney and LaBarge roads between Hwy. 189 to the closure at the forest boundary as there may be fire traffic and limited vision due to smoke.