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Pedro Mountain fire burns 9,386 acres, 10% contained

Pedro Mountain Fire. (Natrona County Fire District)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Pedro Mountain fire has burned about 9,386 acres and is at 10% containment, according to a Tuesday, Aug. 27 update.

Aerial surveillance allowed officials to evaluate the affected acreage more specifically and the Incident Command Team was “able to thoroughly
evaluate the area after Sunday’s wind-driven fire run, efficiently placing
resources in key locations based on the knowledge learned from the assessment.”

The fire is in an area east of Pathfinder Reservoir. Fuel types in the area include sage, grass, juniper and pine stands.

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264 personnel including three “Hotshot” crews, one “Type 2 Initial Attack” crew, 22 engines, five water tenders, four helicopters and two “additional aerial resources” are working to fight the lightning-caused fire, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

“Fire personnel will use today’s favorable weather conditions to prepare for
increased fire activity in the coming days as wind and temperatures rise,” the update adds. “Crews and air support will strategically allow the fire to slowly approach downhill from the higher, rocky areas in order to establish more ‘black line’ (burned vegetation) adjacent to the grass and sage-covered flats that can quickly carry fire.”

“This will provide for firefighter safety and allow crews to better protect structures when the predicted winds shift to out of the southwest in the next few days. This will also reduce the potential for the fire to spot out of the timber into the flats in the coming weeks and safely allow the public to access areas closer to the fire’s perimeter.

The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and County Fire Warden are checking the status of properties in the area.

“A call-back list has been established by the Sheriff’s Office for homeowners and landowners seeking details on the status of their specific property,” the announcement says. “Please call (307) 324-2776 to leave contact information
for later notification of property updates.”

Evacuations remain in place in these areas:

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

Red Cross is available to assist anyone who needs help.

“Please contact Ron Brown at (307) 321-1514 for further Red Cross information,” the update says.

The BLM added at 11 am that Natrona County Road 407 / Carbon County 291, which is also known as Kortes Road, is closed from the intersection of Natrona County 408, also known as Fremont Canyon, south to Leo/Sage Creek.

“The closure includes all roads west of the above location to Pathfinder Reservoir,” they add. “There is still currently public access to areas south of Leo/Sage Creek, including Miracle Mile and Kortes Dam Camp, through southern routes.”

This map show the area of the fire:

Wyoming BLM