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Pedro Mountain fire claims seven structures, closures still in effect

(Photo Credit: Kyle Miller, Wyoming Interagency Hotshots)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Pedro Mountain Fire east of Pathfinder Reservoir has claimed seven structures and burned 20,830 acres, according to a Tuesday, Sept. 3 National Interagency Coordination Center report.

The fire is 37% contained.

Fire managers are reminding people that evacuation areas and road closures remain in effect, with some homeowners asking whether those have been lifted.

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“There has been no change in the status of the evacuation or road closures, though we will have discussions today with local authorities and cooperators about a plan for when we will begin allowing property owners access,” said Fire Information Officer Lori Iverson.

Evacuations remain in place for these areas:

  • Pedro Mountain Estates
  • Pedro Mountain Ranch Road
  • Cardwell Ranch

Road closures also remain in effect.

“Natrona County Road 407 / Carbon County 291 (also known as Kortes Road) is closed from the intersection of Fremont Canyon) south to Leo/Sage Creek until further notice,” said the Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 Incident Management Team. “The closure includes all roads west of the above location to Pathfinder Reservoir.”

The fire’s growth in acreage on Monday was largely attributed to fire crews successfully igniting unburned areas of fuel in the interior of the fire area.

“Crews also took out a large pocket of unburned fuel in the interior of the fire near Pedro Peak that could later spread towards nearby homes,” the incident management teams said on Monday. “The northern and western flanks were fairly quiet with isolated torching and smoldering.”

The outlook for fire crews as of 8 pm Monday is as follows, according to Inciweb:

  • “12 hours: Moderate fire activity in unburned timber areas within within containment lines.”
  • “24 hours: Reduced fire activity is expected as the fire consumes available fuel. Isolated torching, creeping and smoldering may occur in previously burned areas.”

Fire activity was all within containment lines on Monday, according to the report.

“The incident management team understands the public’s interest in returning to the area and will begin discussing plans with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office to allow residents access to their homes and properties in a timely manner as soon as the area is safe from further fire spread and other impacts,” they said on Monday.

NOTE: Oil City reported on a fire along Zero Road on Monday evening. Evacuations that were in place for that fire have been lifted. That is a separate incident from the Pedro Mountain Fire.