Pedro Mountain fire crews to focus on protecting structures Tuesday (MAP)

Photo Credit: Josh Shroyer, Wyoming State Forestry

CASPER, Wyo. — Fire crews will continue to work to protect structures from the Pedro Mountain Fire on Tuesday, Sept 3.

“The fire is still slowly burning through unconsumed pockets of
vegetation and continuing to back down drainages,” the Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 said in a Tuesday update. “All fire activity is occurring within established containment lines.”

“Operations today will center on continuing structure protection, addressing any areas in the interior of the fire still holding heat, and
working to establish more containment.”

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The fire has burned 20,830 acres and is 37% contained. It has so far claimed seven structures.

Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 via Inciweb

“The incident management team is making appropriate adjustments to the number of crews and equipment on scene, making some resources available to other fires throughout the region while still retaining enough personnel to continue the successes on this fire thus far,” the update adds.

Temperatures on Monday hit the mid 90s, humidity was at only 6% and gusty winds blew throughout most of the day.

“The established control lines on the fire were tested by this critical fire weather, but all areas held, and the incident management team was able to declare an increase in the fire’s containment percentage — a notable success under such harsh conditions,” the incident management team says.

“Two crews were sent in to assess an area of uncontrolled line in the northeast corner near Rocky Gap. They determined no further actions, such as burnout operations or dozer work, is currently necessary. However, the section will continue to be patrolled.”

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

“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.”

Homeowners will be notified when evacuations are lifted.

“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.

Updates and fire status can be viewed on Iniciweb.

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.