Pinedale, WYO – A release from the U.S. Forest Service-Bridger-Teton National Forest identified a new fire—the Irish Fire—that was detected in the Pinedale Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Saturday afternoon around 2:30.
It is in remote, rugged terrain approximately 30 miles southeast of Pinedale, a half mile southwest of the Bridger Wilderness boundary, and 3 miles northwest of Big Sandy. was approximately 30 acres.
The fire is very active: torching, spotting, and spreading quickly in an easterly direction. The Forest contacted Sublette County, and the county then used Reverse 911 to evacuate the Big Sandy area.
The Forest is using a full-suppression strategy on this fire and the interagency response includes air tankers, helicopters, engines, and numerous firefighters. Some resources from the nearby Roosevelt Fire were diverted to assist with initial attack.
This is a fast-moving fire that poses a threat to hunters and other recreationists ahead of the fire. Helicopters are spotting people on the ground and communicating with firefighters on the ground, who are working as quickly as possible to notify and evacuate individuals and hunting camps.
This is a rapidly developing situation and we will issue a formal news release as soon as possible. We will also post updates to Facebook as we get information from the field.
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