August 6, 2013 Packer Creek, Green, and Kendall Mountain Fire Update
Incident: Packer Creek Fire Wildfire
BONDURANT, WY. – Incident Commander Ron Steffens Type III firefighting team is managing firefighting efforts for the Packer Creek, Kendall Mountain and Green Fires burning in the Bondurant and Upper Green River drainage area of the Pinedale Ranger District. All of the fires were caused by lightning.
At a glance:
Packer Creek Fire: 401 acres, 20 percent contained, burning in heavy timber, and dead and down trees on a ridge between N. Beaver drainage and Little Twin drainage approximately 22 miles north of Daniel Junction. Began Aug. 2.
Resources: 226 firefighters, 3 Type I Handcrews, 3 Type II Handcrews, 1 Type I Helicopter,1 Type II Helicopter, 2 Type III Helicopters, 11 Engines, 1 dozer, and 1 water tender.
Activities: Fire is being fully suppressed. Firefighters are laying down firehose, securing fireline and mopping up spot fires. Fire personnel lent medical support for a vehicle accident locally today.
Closures: An Emergency Area Closure has been put in place for public and firefighter safety. The Packer Miner Road (FS Roads #606, 607, 608, & 609) is closed at the Boundary for public safety. The public is asked to avoid Miner Creek Road.
Kendall Mountain Fire: 2 acres. Burning in high, rocky terrain in the Bridger Wilderness, east of Boulder Basin in the Upper Green River Valley. Began Aug. 1. Smoke is very visible from the fire.
Activities: The fire is being monitored.
Green Fire: 50 acres (estimated). Located 15 miles north of the Kendall Fire. Spotting, torching in Roaring Fork Basin . Began Aug. 1.
Activities: Smokejumpers and helitack crews, with support of helicopter and fixed wing recon flights, will monitor the fire, identify and implement containment lines, and patrol the fire area to provide for public and firefighter safety.
Closures: Trail 094 (the Highline Trail) is closed due to fire activity. The fire may rapidly expand into areas with dead standing timber and dry dead and down fuels.
Currently there are six fires burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Fire danger for both the Park and Forest has been changed to High Fire Danger. Please use caution while recreating on public lands and completely extinguish campfires.