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Pole Creek Fire Update 9/2/2017

Incident: Pole Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/2/2017

Pole Creek Fire Update

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Date of Detection: August 4, 2017

Current Size: 3114 acres

Location: 25-miles northwest of Kemmerer, WY

Cause: Human Caused

Containment: 55%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 139 personnel on this incident, including the following resources:

Crews: 3

Helicopters: 2 (1 Medium and 1 Light)

Engines: 7

FIRE UPDATE - Warmer temperatures and increased winds stirred fire activity yesterday. Firefighters worked to maintain the fire perimeter. Continued warmer temperatures, drier conditions, and gusty winds through the weekend may potentially increase fire activity. Incident managers continue adjusting resources to match the current fire conditions.

Today, firefighters will continue to minimize potential fire spread using helicopters for bucket work to cool hot spots when necessary. Crews will patrol completed line on the south side of the fire. Firefighter safety remains the top priority while minimizing impacts to private property, grazing, timber, and important habitat. The Type 3 Incident Management Team will also respond to any new fires in the area.

The Labor Day weekend increased recreation traffic in the area around the fire. Forest visitors are reminded to remain alert to both firefighters and engines working in the area. The Bridger-Teton National Forest reminds users to attend their campfires at all times and put them out cold. Grasses and other vegetation are critically dry in Lincoln County and much of southwestern Wyoming. Extreme caution is urged when starting and putting out a campfire on public or private lands.

There is a Forest Area, Road, and Trail Closure in place for the Pole Creek Fire. This closure is for public and firefighter safety. Those spending time near the fire area are advised to stay alert to changing conditions. To see the current Closure Area and Map go to the Bridger-Teton National Forest Website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf or www.inciweb.gov

Hunters are advised that portions of bear, antelope, deer, elk, and moose hunt areas in the southeast Kemmerer Ranger District fall within the Bridger-Teton National Forest area closure. For more information please visit https://wgfd.wyo.gov or call (307) 875-3223.

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Bridger-Teton National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Wyoming
Jackson, WY 83001
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Kemmerer Ranger District
Phone: 307-828-5100
Hours: M-F 8-430

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