8-12-2013 Green and Kendall Fires Update
Incident: Green Fire Wildfire
Interagency News Release
August 12, 2013
Green and Kendall Fires Update
BONDURANT, WY. –The Type III fire management team continues to manage firefighting efforts for the Kendall and Green Fires burning in the Upper Green River drainage area of the Pinedale Ranger District. All of the fires were caused by lightning.
AT A GLANCE
Kendall Fire: 160 acres. Burning in high, rocky terrain in the Bridger Wilderness, east of Boulder Basin in the Upper Green River Valley. Began Aug. 1. Surface fire backing to the west with debris rolling downhill to the south.
Activities: Two engine crews (10 firefighters) continue to monitor fire growth and progression. Fire managers and a fire analyst developed a long-term plan to confine and contain the fire that is burning in exceptionally difficult terrain, with risk of rolling logs and rocks released by the ground fire.
Green Fire: 997 acres. Located 15 miles north of the Kendall Fire in the Roaring Fork Basin of the Upper Green River Valley. Began Aug. 1. Creeping surface fire with occasional tree torching.
Resources: 64 firefighters, 1 Type 2 Hand Crew (20 firefighters), 1 Fire Module (10 firefighters), and 1 Type 3 Helicopter.
Activities: Firefighters camped out high on the mountain moved down to the valley camp. A new Type 2 Crew and a Fire Module transitioned in to work on the fire. Fire managers developed a long-term strategy for the fire based on computer modeling and agency priorities. They identified action points to protect private inholdings and Forest Service recreation sites on the north end of Green River Lake. If fire activity continues as predicted, the Type 3 Management Team will return fire management back to the Pinedale District of the Forest Service in the next few days.
Trail Closures: The area closure around the Green Fire is lifted as a result of containment success and based on assessment of current and projected fire activity. Only the Highline Trail remains closed, between the junction with the Lakeshore Trail (along the east shore of Green River Lake) and the junction with the Roaring Fork Basin Trail. All other trails in the area remain open. Fire managers may reassess trail and area closures if fire activity changes.
Currently there are seven 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.