Pole Creek expands some, largest fire in state
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Pole Creek fire is now the largest fire burning in Wyoming. The updated acreage is 2,898 with 20% containment.
Fire behavior has slowed somewhat over the past few days with cooler weather, high humidity, and some precipitation. Isolated tree torching and fire creeping along the ground was observed yesterday. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with possible isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Yesterday, confinement lines were finished on the west corner of the fire. Firefighters will continue to hold and improve confinement lines today in preparation for a firing operation when appropriate.
On the south side, firefighters will continue to scout the area for access and established helispots, while engine crews mop up smoldering fuel along the fire line. Structure protection crews will be in the Commissary Ridge and Spring Canyon communities to assess structure protection needs.
This will be the last day for the current Type 3 team to manage the fire. The Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 7 (IC Ron Bollier) will shadow the Type 3 team today and assume command tomorrow morning at 6am. The new Incident Command Post will be located at the Kemmerer South Lincoln Events Center. With the incoming team additional firefighters arrived last night bringing our numbers up to 298 people.
Resources currently assigned to the fire include: 5 helicopters, 8 hand crews, and 18 engines from Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Lincoln, and Sublette counties.