Fontenelle Fire Fact Sheet - June 30, 2012
37,041 acres, 5% contained, No structures lost
by Fontenelle Fire management team
June 30, 2012
Fontenelle Fact Sheet for Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 7:00 am.
Status: The Fontenelle Fire is burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, BLM High Desert District and State/Private Lands approximately 17 miles west of Big Piney, Wyoming. The fire began on June 24, 2012. The fire is currently 37,041 acres and burning in heavy, dead timber with occasional areas of grass and sage in the lower elevations.
• 37, 041 acres burned
• 5% contained
• 265 Personnel on scene
• 0 structures lost
Recent Events: On Friday, June 29 the fire progressed northeast and crossed Fish Creek between Indian Creek and into the BLM ground across the forest boundary. In addition the fire moved down Sawmill Canyon toward BLM and private land near Middle Piney Creek. The fire burned within approximately 1 mile south of the Middle Piney road.
Yesterday large air tankers from Pocatello, Idaho were utilized to drop fire retardant on the southeast edge enabling crews to construct direct line on the fire perimeter.
Today’s Strategy: Firefighters will take advantage of slightly reduced winds and lower temperatures to secure fireline along the southeast corner of the fire. Other containment lines will be constructed on various fronts, and as time passes, those areas will be improved and categorized as contained. The night shift will continue to protect structures along the Middle Piney road up to the Middle Piney summer homes.
The incident fire behavior analyst reported that the eastern edge of the fire has very little fire activity and shows very low potential growth toward Big Piney and Marbleton.
Forecast: No Red Flag warning is forecast for today; however, winds and low relative humidity may prompt one for Sunday.
Closures: Road closures at present extend from the forest boundary at the top of Bare Pass at Red Castles, west to N. Piney Meadows and Tri Basin Divide, south to Cheese Pass, Mount Isabel, and Red Park, east to the junction of LaBarge Creek Road and the forest boundary, and north to Bare Pass. Further closures may be needed to ensure firefighter and public safety. The public is asked to be cautious when driving on the LaBarge Road between Hwy. 189 to the closure at the forest boundary as there may be large fire engines, fire traffic and impact from smoke.
Fontenelle Fire information phone: 307-276-3324
Fire Update, 6/29/12
Expanded Closure Map
Fontenelle Fire photos