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Pole Creek Fire News Release

Pole Creek Fire 9/4/2017

Incident: Pole Creek Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/4/2017

Pole Creek Fire Monday, September 4, 2017

Date of Detection: August 4, 2017

Current Size: 3148 acres

Cause: Human Caused

Containment: 55%

Resources on Fire: 89 personnel including:

2 crews,

2 helicopters (1 medium and 1 light)

5 engines

FIRE UPDATE – The Pole Creek Fire is burning in an area with steep rugged terrain that includes a mix of grass, shrub, and timber with heavy dead and down and standing beetle-killed snags. This photo shows the predominate fire activity of the past few days, creeping and burning with occasional torching.

Crews will continue to monitor containment lines and minimize fire spread. Firefighter safety remains the top priority while minimizing impacts to private property, grazing, timber, and important habitat. The Type 3 Incident Management Team sent firefighters to respond with Bridger-Teton Interagency Fire personnel to a newly discovered human-caused fire in the La Barge meadows area, the Travis Fire. This fire is less than an acre and is being suppressed.

Forest visitors are reminded to remain alert to both firefighters and engines working in the area. 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 closure 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5468/

Teton Interagency Fire: www.tetonfires.com

Bridger-Teton National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf

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Bridger-Teton National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
PO Box 1888
Jackson, WY 83001
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Kemmerer Ranger District
Phone: 307-828-5100
Hours: M-F 8-430

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