Hardluck Fire Update - August 12, 2013
Incident: Hardluck Fire Wildfire
Sunday August 11, 2013
Shoshone National Forest
Status: 15,628 acres, 0 percent contained.
Fire History: Reported by a fire detection flight on July 20, 2013, the fire was caused by a lightning strike within the days prior to the report. All structure protection and fuels reduction work on national forest lands at the end of the South Fork Road have been completed.
Objectives: Firefighter and public safety
Recent Events: There is no new acreage to report because infrared mapping did not occur as planned last night. Two Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS) were installed yesterday morning to better measure precipitation, wind, and other weather parameters on the fire. No measurable precipitation was detected yesterday. Fire activity was minimal, however smoke reports from Dubois and vicinity indicate active fire on the southern fire perimeter.
Today’s Strategy: Specialized fire personnel will arrive at the Wind River Ranger District to work on contingency plans should the fire continue south. Conduct aerial reconnaissance if weather permits.
Forecast: Today’s weather forecast is similar to yesterday’s, with partly cloudy skies and isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s, humidity in the upper teens to 20% range and light winds. There is a 10% chance of wetting rain on the fire. This trend continues tomorrow with slightly higher humidity in the 20% range and a 15% chance of wetting rain.
Closures and Evacuations: An area closure is in effect for the entire South Fork drainage beginning south of Aspen Creek beyond the South Fork Road (Forest Service Road 479.B).