- Posted June 27, 2012 by
Big Piney, Wyoming
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Colorado and Utah wildfires
Fontenelle Fire/Big Piney, Wyoming
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
: Emergency Area Closure in effect for the Fontenelle Fire in the Wyoming Range, which is now officially reported to be 12,000 acres this morning. It started on Sunday in Lincoln County and has spread into Snider Basin in Sublette County. 3 helicopters, 5 engines, and 2 crews of 20 firefighters each are working this fire, as well as help from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and Volunteer Fire Departments. The fire grew 9,000 acres overnight, making it hard for the people of Big Piney/Pinedale/LaBarge wyoming to breathe. The sky is filled with smoke due to the 45 mph winds, its making it impossible for the fire teams to do their jobs.
Getting an additional twenty-five firefighters on location by Wednesday night, U.S. Forest Service and local volunteer firefighters from Lincoln and Sublette County continue to wage a tense battle with Mother Nature in the Wyoming Range. With the total personnel count now at 118, the hard-working crews continue to construct control lines, while the fire continues to jump over them growing to more than 17,000 acres from Sunday’s 100 acre start.
The wind pattern of earlier this week shifted on Wednesday to a more typical west, northwest flow pushing the Fontenelle Fire towards the moist creek bottoms of the Coal and South Piney Creeks. Hopefully this change will enable the fire crews to better establish anchor points to begin building containment. All Sublette County eyes remain on the horizon looking for rain to further help contain the devastation.