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Most of Pathfinder open, exception where fire crews draw water

(Photo by David Mowry via Natrona County Emergency Management)

CASPER, Wyo. — Pathfinder Reservoir and boat ramps are open as firefighters combat the Pedro Mountain Fire east of the reservoir.

Boaters should no go south of Canyon Creek when on the reservoir.

“This is important to maintain the ability to gather water for fire operations,” Natrona County Emergency Management says.

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Michael Cavalier with Natrona County Emergncy Management says that camping and boating in the area is likely to remain open over the next several days. But any changes will be posted to the Natrona County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Cavalier says it is critical that boaters stay out of the area south of Canyon Creek. Keeping the rest of the reservoir and campgrounds open is possible only so long as the public makes sure not to interfere with any firefighting efforts.

“Natrona County Road 407, also known as Kortes Road is closed from Natrona County Road 408, also known as Fremont Canyon Road, south into Carbon County at Hannah Leo,” emergency management adds.

While Alcova is facing no closures, Cavalier says people recreating in that area should be aware that the roads which are closed are accessible from that area, so they should make sure not to go onto closed roads or areas.

“State, local and federal officials will be patrolling these areas on water and land,” Natrona County Emergency Management says. “Please follow these directions to ensure that we can keep this area as open as possible during fire operations.”

This video was shared by the Bureau of Land Management on Facebook:

“Two CL-415 Superscoopers pick up water from the Pathfinder Reservoir to drop on the Pedro Mountain Fire,” the fire’s incident management team said. “These aircraft can scoop about 1,000 gallons of water to help aid fire suppression efforts.”

Note: An earlier version of this story quoted Gehrig Haberstock, Red Cross of Wyoming Emergency Program Manager. These comments came from Michael Cavalier with NCEM, not Haberstock. Oil City regrets this error.