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August 15, 2006
Fire Information Center:
801-558-8016
208-850-9046 
Web site Info:
www.casperwy.gov

Fire Update
Jackson Canyon Fire
Casper, Wyoming

Fire Facts:
Date Started:

August 14, 2006

Cause of Ignition:

Lightning

Location:

Casper Mountain, 6 miles South of Casper Wy.

Size:

~5000 acres

Percent Contained:

0%

Est. Time of Containment:

TBA

Number of Personnel:

0 type 2 crews, 1 Type 1 IHC, Total 119

Aircraft:

1 Type 2 restricted, 1 type 3,and 2 National Guard Blackhawk Helicopters, 2 fixed wing air attack

Equipment:

13 Dozers, 32 Engines

Cost to date:

TBA

Structure Lost:

None

Injuries:

None

Local Forces Take Action on Jackson Canyon Fire

Local interagency fire fighting forces took action today on the Jackson Canyon fire in an attempt to limit the fires growth and protect life and property of the residents on Casper Mountain. Activities centered on the northern flank and in the evacuation of all threatened people from the fires vicinity. Mandatory evacuations are in place. Helicopters were utilized in dropping water on the flames and burn out operations in protecting communications towers from burning. A National Type 1 Incident Management Team from the Great Basin, Incident commander Rowdy Muir, was ordered and arrived in Casper this evening. They were briefed by multi agency officials and delegated responsibility for management of the fire.

Additional resources including crews, supplies and aircraft have been ordered.

Tomorrow’s Planned Activity: Transfer of commandwill take place at 06:00 am August 16; 2006. and the team will assume management of the fire. Close coordination with State of Wyoming Department of Forestry, Natrona County, and federal agencies will continue.

The fire has been organized into 4 divisions and a structure protection group has been formed to assess structures for future protective actions. Suppression operations are planned to keep the fire west of Micro road, east of Goose Egg road, and out of Hogodan Basin Ski Area.

Other Important Messages: Firefighter and public safety is the top priority for the Jackson Canyon Fire. Please refrain from driving into the fire area if you are not part of the suppression effort. Residents are also advised to keep windows shut and air filters clean and avoid breathing smoke if possible.

Evacuation information can be found at www.casperwy.gov or by calling 307-235-9955.

-BLM-


 
Last updated: 03-03-2007