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Firefighters begin burnouts on Cliff Creek Fire
Controlled burns of interior fuels and doing line construction
by Pinedale Online!
July 24, 2016

Beginning Sunday, July 24th, firefighters on the Cliff Creek Fire have started doing burnouts in the fire area. A burnout is setting fire inside a control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line. Often referred to as "fighting fire with fire," the controlled burn will burn strip(s) of vegetation to create a barrier to the oncoming forest fire by using up all the available fuel between the burnout and the main fire. It may take several days to complete the burnout operations, during which time the public might see an increase in smoke coming from the fire area.

Firefighters continue to work on point protection and control actions within Granite Creek drainage including doing burnouts and line construction. They are also assessing control opportunities east along Dell Creek and securing fire lines south of US 191/189. Fire objectives include keeping the fire south and east of the Granite Creek Drainage bottom and north of Dell and Jack Creek.

Highway 189/191 remains open in the Hoback Canyon between Bondurant and Hoback Junction. For the safety of firefighters and the highway travelers, passing is not allowed in passing zones within the fire area and no stopping along the roadway or parking in pullouts is allowed within the fire area.

As of Sunday, July 24th, the Cliff Creek Fire was 16,325 acres and 10% contained.

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