Bridger-Teton National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Jackson, WY 83001
Pole Creek Fire Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
LAST UPDATE UNLESS STATUS CHANGES
Date of Detection: August 4, 2017
Current Size: 3504 acres
Cause: Human Caused
Resources on Fire: 89 personnel including:
1 helicopter (light)
FIRE UPDATE The patient process of managing the Pole Creek fire continues. Fire managers watch the weather and continue to plan for firefighters to keep the fire steered to the northeast into the area of the Fontenelle Fire of 2000. That area of reduced fuel will limit fire spread until precipitation can put the fire out.
This strategy allows fire managers to focus limited resources on the south and northwest sides of the fire, closer to areas of value such as structures, grazing, and Hams Fork Road and Campground.
Firefighting resources are limited due to the severe outbreak of fires in the west. Personnel and equipment are being sent to fires that are a higher priority due to the homes and other values that are threatened. This includes the Infrared Imagery Assets that help fire managers identify hotspots and the fire perimeter. This means acreage updates will not come daily but only as new data becomes available.
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:
Teton Interagency Fire: www.tetonfires.com
Bridger-Teton National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf