Rain misses fires, still very dry in forest
Fire danger still Extreme, campfire restrictions remain in effect
September 10, 2006
Pinedale and Big Piney saw a sprinkling of rain over the weekend, but it did little to help knock down area wildfires or to lower the fire danger.
There are ten weather monitoring stations set up throughout the Bridger-Teton National Forest, including a temporary one that has been set up specifically for the Jim Creek fire (B-T Portable #2). The other stations that are on the Pinedale and Big Piney Ranger
Districts are the Raspberry, Half Moon, Hoback and Snider Basin. Here is a link to the Remote Weather Access Station (RAWS) weather data. http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov
Below are updates for our area fires:
BATTLE MOUNTAIN FIRE
Containment at 8:00 Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006
Status: 1,370 acres, 85% contained
The Battle Mountain fire is burning 20 miles north of Pinedale and three miles southwest of Green River Lakes. It was started by lightning on August 23rd. Fuels are mainly lodgepole pine trees, aspen and sagebrush. The fire is burning in an area that is being considered for timber harvest and prescribed burning. There are 110 fire personnel assigned to the fire.
Recent Events: The Moose/Gypsum Road closure has been modified to allow more access to the public. The road remains closed between #680A and #680G where the road is still being actively used by firefighters and engines. Advancement on the fire continues to be good. Crews are continuing to build line to achieve containment and utilizing hose lays, engines, and helicopter bucket drops to mop-up the fire.
Closures: Forest Service road 680 is closed between #680A and 680G for firefighter and public safety. Forest visitors are reminded to use caution while in the Upper Green River area because of fire activity and heavy fire traffic.
On the web: www.inciweb.org/incident/448
JIM CREEK FIRE
Status: 3,320 acres, 0% contained (wildland fire for resource benefit)
The Jim Creek fire is burning 24 miles north of Pinedale in the Bridger Wilderness. It began on June 26th from lightning. The fire is burning in an area where such natural fires are permissible, both in and out of the wilderness. There are 57 fire personnel assigned to the fire. Fire managers are monitoring the fire, directing its progress, and allowing it to burn where it won't threaten private property, facilities or other developments.
Closures: The Pot Creek Roads # 714 & 713, Boulder Basin Road #716 at the junction with #717 and Jim Creek Roads #710 at junction with #711 have been closed to the public for safety. Hunters and hikers are urged to stay out of the area and respect the closures.
More on the web: www.inciweb.org/incident/299
Status: 23,000 acres, 80% contained
This fire is burning west of Union Pass, approximately 20 miles west of Dubois on both the Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests. Four outbuildings remain threatened. A local Type III team took over management of the Purdy fire from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Bravo on Saturday. There are 210 personnel assigned to the fire including 3 Regular Type II Crews, 4 helicopters with fixed wing air tankers available, 6 engines, 2 Water Tenders. More information about this fire is available by calling the Joint Information Center at 307-455-2466.
More on the web: www.inciweb.org/incident/402
Real-time Weather Observations (ROMAN)