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The 48,000 Acre Fontenelle Fire Remains Extremely Dangerous

July 2, 2012; 5:45 a.m. Update;  Get Regular Updates As Available in the Right-sidebar

Despite increasing the manpower to almost 600 firefighters, the Fontenelle Fire in western Sublette County continued to grow over the past weekend.  The Middle Piney summer home area and Sacajawea Campground on the Bridger Teton National Forest were successfully protected on Sunday.

To try and slow the continued destruction of our gorgeous natural resources and treasures,

“The current incident management team has ordered multiple Type 1 handcrews, a Type 1 helicopter and an air attack platform to increase the probability of successfully constructing line, conducting firing operations and securing perimeter along the southern and eastern flanks of the fire. ” From USFS Incident Report, July 1, 2012

Sadly, despite the Forest Service’s best efforts, the fire has reached Middle Piney road and is spotting up to a half mile north and east of the road.  The worst fire in several years in Sublette County has burned through a significant portion of the Wyoming Range west of Big Piney, including the entire east face of Fish Creek Mountain and completely destroying the timber along the Fish and Indian Creek drainages.

Only time will tell if the fire and conditions will overcome the manpower to burn into the Cottonwood drainage.  Unfortunately for the firefighting crews, and even worse for Wyoming residents and tourists, the extended weather forecast does not show any signs of helping…with high winds, low humidity, and no rain…

Partly Cloudy
Monday 05/25 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 30s.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 05/26 80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy in the morning. Thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 54F. SSE winds shifting to N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 05/27 80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mostly cloudy in the morning, then thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 56F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

For the full extended Sublette County forecast, click here.

 

Big Piney Fontenelle Fire Public Information Meeting July 2, 2012 Audio

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Fontenelle Fire Spreads to Middle Piney (Courtesy of USFS, Wilde IMT)

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