Salt Lick Fire
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 8:00 PM Update: Salt Lick Fire 80% Contained As of 6:00 PM July 17, 2007 the 2,582-acre Salt Lick Fire was estimated to be 80% contained. Personnel and various resources have begun to leave the fire in preparation for turning the fire back to the Pinedale Ranger District. 164 total personnel remained on the fire as of Tuesday evening.
Monday, July 16, 10:28 AM Update: Road Closure Changes Effective July 16, 2007 the Bridger-Teton National Forest has adjusted the road closures instituted due to the Salt Lick Fire. Forest road # 680 is open all the way through. This includes all of the associated roads that are part of the South Fork of Gypsum Creek area except the Forest road # 781 and Forest road # 780A. These two roads will remain closed until further notice. The Jim Creek Road (Forest roads # 710 and 711) remain closed at this time. For more information contact the Salt Lick Fire Information at 866-742-1922 or the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326.
Saturday, July 14, 9:40 PM update: Firefighters make progress on Salt Lick Fire: Approximately 312 firefighters and other personnel are working carefully to control the Salt Lick Fire. Four helicopters used to drop water on the fire and provide for crew movements and aerial fire monitoring are assisting them. As of 6:00 PM the fire had remained at 2,584 acres in size and was considered 19% contained. Click on the link above for more details on this update.
Saturday, July 14, 9:55 AM Update: Rain Slows Advance of Salt Lick Fire Rain showers Friday night helped to decrease the fire activity on the Salt Lick fire that started burning July 11, 2007, 31 miles north of Pinedale. A voluntary evacuation of the Red Cliff Bible Camp has also taken place and the fire continues to threaten primary residences and outbuildings in the Red Hills sub-division and surrounding areas. The cause of the fire is considered to be suspicious. Size: 2,584 acres, 10% contained. Tom Suwyn's Type 2 Overhead Management Team assumed command of the fire on Friday, July 13. Fire Danger for the Bridger-Teton National Forest is Extreme and Stage I fire restrictions are in place. Click on the link for more details for this update. Rain Slows Advance of Salt Lick Fire
Friday, July 13: The fire is burning in forest composed of spruce, subalpine fir, and heavy lodgepole pine with beetle killed trees with heavy dead and down woody fuel. Fire movement direction is to the east into the Bridger Wilderness area. The fire is approximately three miles southwest of Green River Lakes. See the links below for fire updates over the course of the fire and photo galleries. Official fire information posted by the Forest Service on the Inciweb.org website.
News Story Updates for Salt Lick Fire:
Salt Lick Fire 80% Contained By Bridger-Teton National Forest, Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 8:00 PM Update
Road Closure Changes By Bridger-Teton National Forest, July 16, 2007
Firefighters make progress on Salt Lick Fire By Bridger-Teton National Forest, July 14, 2007
Rain Slows Advance of Salt Lick Fire, Bridger-Teton National Forest, July 14, 2007
Moose-Gyp Fire Photo Gallery
From Wednesday, July 11, 2007 (14 photos by 3 photographers)
Salt Lick Fire Over 2000 acre Bridger-Teton National Forest news release, July 11, 2007, 8:58 PM Update
Salt Lick Fire on the Bridger-Teton Grows – Evacuations Recommended
Bridger-Teton National Forest news release, July 11, 2007, 8:35 PM Update
Forest Service ‘Strongly Recommends Evacuation’ of Red Hills area
Pinedale Online! July 11, 2007, 7:00 PM Update
Saltlick Fire estimated at 1000 acres
Pinedale Online! July 11, 2007, 5:45 PM Update
The Salt Lick Fire began on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, burning in the Upper Green north of Cora, near Saltlick Mountain. It is approximately 31 miles northwest of Pinedale, east of The Place and the private homes in the Moose-Gypsum area adjacent to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It is near the location where the Jim Creek Wildland fire burned last year.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has burned over 2000 acres as Thursday, July 12. Evacuations are in effect for the Red Cliff Bible Camp and inholdings. Residents at the junction of Highway 352 and Forest Service Road 680, known as the Red Hill area, have been advised to prepare for possible evacuation.
A Type 2 Overhead Management Team arrived Thursday afternoon to take over management of the fire.
CLOSURES: The Jim Creek Forest Service Roads #710 and #711, and the Moose Gypsum Road #680 have been closed due to the Salt Lick Fire.
Fire Danger for the Bridger-Teton National Forest is rated Extreme and Stage I fire restrictions are in place.