CASPER, Wyo. — Several storm cells dropped some rain on the Pedro Mountain Fire Friday, however the weather hindered rather than helped firefighting efforts, as the cells brought along strong winds.
According to an update released by Natrona County Fire District, the erratic winds on August 30, 2019 limited plans for firing operations to improve defensible space around homes and tie in with dozer lines.
The Pedro Mountain fire started by a lightning strike on Saturday, August 24, 2019. The fire is located east of Pathfinder Reservoir in south-central Wyoming and approximately 40 miles northeast of Rawlins, Wyoming. Some evacuations and closures are in affect due to fire activity and firefighting operations.
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The fire is currently 15,063 Acres and is reportedly 27% contained.
369 personnel are involved in the firefighting efforts.
On Saturday, resources are scheduled to be moved from less active areas of the fire, to more challenging sections on the southern end, including Heaths Peak, the Chimney, and Mountain Shadows.
According to an August 31 fire update; helicopters, tankers, and water scoopers are again being used to drop water and slow the fire’s progression. Officials say that this will give firefighters more opportunities to take protective measures around homes and structures.
If weather allows, firefighters are scheduled to do burnout operations from both the ground and through aerial ignition.
Evacuations are still in place for Pedro Mountain Estates, Pedro Mountain Ranch Road, and Cardwell Ranch.
Natrona County Road 407/Carbon County 291, also known as “Kortes Road” is closed from the intersection of Natrona County 408, aka Fremont Canyon, south to Leo/Sage Creek until further notice. All roads west of this to Pathfinder reservoir is also closed.