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Pinedale Online > News > October 2008 > Hazards still exist near Shingle Mill Fire
Hazards still exist near Shingle Mill Fire
45 miles north of Kemmerer
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
October 15, 2008

(Kemmerer) The Shingle Mill Fire is a lightening caused fire that was ignited on the Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 11, 2008. The Forest has been monitoring the fire and working with it to restore fire to the ecosystem in that area. The fire is not extinguished and has burned 1290 acres approximately 45 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming. While there are no closure orders in effect in and around the Shingle Mill Fire, visitors are cautioned to be vigilant when entering the burn area.

"The fire is still burning and while there may not be any flaming trees or thick, heavy smoke, there are still potential dangers that exist in the area," said Kemmerer District Ranger Tracy Hollingshead. "Unpredictable winds can cause partially burned trees to fall over or across the roadway presenting hazards for anyone recreating in the area," she said. The fire also could still be burning the roots of the trees and organic material in the ground. "Anyone traversing through a burn area is at risk of sinking into one of these hot spots and sustaining significant burns and injuries to their limbs," said Hollingshead.

The Shingle Mill Fire received some moisture over the weekend, but not enough to extinguish the fire. The fire danger for the Bridger-Teton remains at Low. For information about the Shingle Mill Fire, call the Kemmerer Ranger District at 307-877-4415.


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