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Pedro Mountain Fire at 12,427 acres, 23% contained

(Photo credit: Matt Lancaster, Task Force trainee)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Pedro Mountain Fire east of Pathfinder Reservoir has grown to 12,427 acres.

The fire has been 23% contained according to a Friday, Aug. 29 National Interagency Coordination Report.

According to the Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 Incident Management Team overseeing the firefighting efforts, helicopters and water scooping planes worked to “cool active areas of the fire yesterday.”

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“Much of the arial support centered on actively burning areas in the south section of the fire,” their Friday report says. “On the ground, hot shot teams and dozer operators made progress securing fire line in anticipation of the fire’s movement to the east.”

“Near structures, firefighters continued setting up sprinkler systems and placed temporary storage tanks near homes to hold additional water.”

They also gave some info on plans for today’s firefighting operations.

“Firefighters will put most resources into working on the south and
southeast portion of the fire where it was very active yesterday and
throughout the evening,” they said. “Ground crews will be heavily supported with a variety of aerial resources, including helicopters, single engine air tankers, and water scoopers.”

“Burnout operations may include both aerial and ground ignitions to remove vegetation ahead of the fire and attempt to limit the fire’s movement to the east. Protecting structures at risk will be a high priority in today’s operations.”

The outlook for the fire as of 9 pm Thursday was as follows, according to Inciweb:

  • 12 hours: “Torching, spotting, active fire spread in the grass/sagebrush and mixed conifer. Projected spread is to the east/northeast. West/southwest winds will influence the rate of spread in the grass and sage.”
  • 24 hours: “Torching, spotting, active fire spread in the grass/sagebrush and mixed conifer. Anticipated growth throughout the day, continuing to the east/northeast throughout the burn period and the evening.”

Friday’s fire operations will include five Hotshot crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 35 engines, six water tenders, four dozers and 12 aerial resources.

358 personnel are available, according to the incident management team.

No additional structure losses beyond the four buildings reported on Wednesday to have burned have been noted.

Officials will inform any property owner who’s structures have been confirmed to have burned.

“Any homeowner that does not receive a notification should note their structures have not been identified as being directly affected by the fire to date,” the incident management team said on Wednesday.

Evacuations remain in place for these areas:

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

The Red Cross is available to assist people impacted by the fire.

Pathfinder Reservoir remains open to boaters, with the exception of areas south of Canyon Creek where fire crews are drawing water.

Road Closures include the following areas:

  • “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.”
  • “Natrona County 407/ Carbon County 291 (also known as Kortes Road) is closed 3 miles south of Alcova at the junction of Natrona County 408/Fremont Canyon Road due to fire activity. The closure extends south to Leo/Sage Creek and includes all roads west to Pathfinder Reservoir. Access into Fremont Canyon using County Road 408 is still allowed.”

Public access to areas south of Leo/Sage Creek is still available through southern routes. Those areas include Miracle Mile and Kortes Dam Camp.