Pedro Mountain fire crews: “Donate local”

WYOMING — The Pedro Mountain Fire continues to burn in northern Wyoming, and crews continue to try to keep it at bay.

But through all their hard work, Pedro Mountain fire crews say their needs are being met.

Fire dispatch in Casper has been receiving a flood of calls from concerned citizens interested in making donations to support fire operations. As far as food and other supplies go, fire personnel say they’re doing just fine. Instead, they suggest donating to their local fire departments, as Pedro Mountain Fire is being supported by volunteer departments across the state and region.

The fire is still 10% contained and now burning 12,028 acres. Night crews gathered valuable information last night about the most active fire areas. The southern end near the Chimneys and Mountain Shadows are expected to be more fire-active due to weather, terrain, and predicted fire behavior. To protect structures, crews will cut more dozer line, conduct burnout operations, and continue to set up sprinkler systems adjacent to homes and other values at risk.

Crews were able to hold the line on the north end of the fire where they had burned out vegetation the previous day.

Crews are still battling a red flag warning in effect today, including gusty winds and low humidity.

Evacuations are still in place for the following areas: Pedro Mountain Estates, Pedro Mountain Ranch Road, and Cardwell Ranch. Red Cross assistance is available for anyone needing services.

Natrona County Road 407 / Carbon County 291 (also known as Kortes Road) is closed from the intersection of Natrona County 408 (also known as Fremont Canyon) south to Leo/Sage Creek until further notice due to fire operations and public safety. The closure includes all roads west of the above location to Pathfinder Reservoir.

There is still currently public access to areas south of Leo/Sage Creek, including Miracle Mile and Kortes Dam Camp, through southern routes.

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