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Structures lost in Pedro Mountain fire include homes, firefighters face tough conditions Wednesday

(Courtesy of the BLM of Wyoming)

CASPER, Wyo. — The four structures that have been claimed by the Pedro Mountain Fire range “from a loss of outbuildings to permanent or seasonal homes.”

That is according to a Wednesday, Aug. 28 update provided by Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 Incident Management Team.

The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and Fire District completed the property assessments on Tuesday.

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“The agencies are in the process of notifying affected property owners and giving them specific information on the extent of the damage,” the announcement adds. “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 Carbon County Fire District is also seeking permission from owners with property near the fire’s perimeter to allow crews to “establish containment lines on individual lots.”

“The Incident Management Team and associated fire personnel are seeking consent from landowners in order to better protect structures by cleaning away vegetation through a variety of methods, including mechanical thinning, burnout operations, or building dozer or grader containment lines,” the incident management team adds.

“While the permission does not guarantee safety against fire loss, the actions will greatly improve the likelihood the property will be defendable. In the absence of consent, fireline personnel may make the decision to proceed with best fire protection methods.”

“All property owners within the fire’s perimeter should email permissions to the Carbon County Fire Warden at johnrutherford@carbonwy.com.”

The fire has grown to 10,255 acres. Firefighters are facing some tough weather conditions on Wednesday.

This map shows the spread of the fire according to the Wednesday update:

Wyoming Type 3 Team 2 Incident Management Team

“Firefighters are faced with a red flag warning that includes increased winds and temperatures along with very low humidity,” the incident management team says. “The main objective for today is to secure the edges, including those created during yesterday’s burnout operation, and actively provide protection to structures and other values at risk.”

On Tuesday, fire crews completed a burnout operation on the north perimeter of the fire, anticipating a shift in winds that the reports says is expected to move the fire in that direction.

“An assortment of aircraft was used to support work, including medium-sized and single engine air tankers, scoopers, and helicopters,” the report adds. “Crews worked on structure protection and contingency planning if the fire moves into a flat, grassy area south of the current perimeter.”

289 personnel are involved in the firefighting efforts. For Wednesday, there are four Hotshot crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 33 engines, five water tenders, one dozer and seven aerial resources.

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.

Road Closures include the following areas:

  • Natrona County Road 407 / Carbon County 291 (also known as Kortes Road) 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

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