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…