Fire near New Fork Lake at 1150 Acres
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
July 29, 2008
(Pinedale, Wyo) – The fire near New Fork Lakes, approximately 19 miles north of the town of Pinedale, Wyoming, grew this afternoon to 1150 acres. Forest Officials are ordering additional resources to help combat the blaze. There are presently no structures threatened and no road or trail closures associated with this fire. The cause of the fire is not yet determined.
The world of fire suppression is changing. Fire seasons are longer and fire behavior often more extreme. The primary reasons for these changes are due to weather changes, the abundance of fuels on the Forest and the increase in structures in the areas close to the Forest borders known as the Wildland Urban Interface area.
Traditional means of containing fires are changing. More often, firefighters use multiple tactics on a single incident such as confining and containing a fire to a particular area, while continuing to provide protection at specific points. Under the Interagency Wildland Fire Policy, fire managers have available a full range of options from monitoring a fire to aggressive suppression tactics.
Forest Officials will continue to work on the fire throughout the evening.
The Incident Command Post is being established near the southeastern side of New Fork Lakes. For more information, visit www.inciweb.org.