Salt Lick Fire 80% Contained
Incident Management Team to turn Salt Lick Fire back to local Forest managers
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
July 17, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 8:00 PM Update: Firefighters continued to make excellent progress with mop up efforts on the Salt Lick Fire. This 2,582 acre fire had been burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest north of Pinedale, WY. Some very welcome rain aided in the fire suppression efforts and helped firefighters gain control of the fire.
As of 6:00 PM July 17, 2007 the Salt Lick Fire is 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. This number will continue to shrink as Suwyn’s Type II Incident Management Team closes out their service and hands the fire over to the local district Wednesday afternoon.
While the immediate danger from the fire is gone it is important to remember that the fire season is still very young. Hot, dry, windy weather could try to breathe life back into this fire, producing smokes, as well as increasing the danger of new fires throughout the area. Fire danger is still considered extreme for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and burning restrictions remain in place. The Forest asks that residents help them with fire detection by calling in any new smokes they see.