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August 18, 2006
Fire Information Center:
801-558-8016
208-850-9046 
Evacuation Info:
www.casperwy.gov

Jackson Canyon Fire Update
Casper, Wyoming

Fire Facts:
Date Started:

August 14, 2006

Cause of Ignition:

Lightning

Location:

Casper Mountain, 6 miles South of Casper Wy.

Size:

11,765 acres

Percent Contained:

50%

Est. Time of Containment:

8/31/2006 2000

Number of Personnel:
Total #:

9 type 2 crews, 2 type 1 crew
453

Aircraft:

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

Equipment:

3 Dozers, 28 Engines, 6 Water Tenders

 

 

Structure Threatened: Lost:

510
4 structures 1 vehicle

Injuries:

One

Firefighters begin to Make Progress on Jackson Canyon Fire

Today’s Activity: The Great Basin National Type 1 Incident Management Team is handling management of the Jackson Canyon Fire. Progress was made on all divisions by constructing fireline using available hand crews and dozers where possible. Divisions A and V were in containment status and are being monitored. Divisions B and C saw the most fire activity today. Aggressive air and ground fighting tactics were employed to strengthen the fire lines and containment efforts.

The fire will be updated using aerial and satellite mapping equipment this evening. The updated estimate of the fire perimeter is 11,765 acres as of 1700 on August 17. An update on the acreage will occur again today.

Today crews will continue to construct fireline to secure the east and south flank. Over night a Hotshot crew spent the night in the southeast section of division C. and will be joined by another Hotshot crew in the am to strengthen the line to the north.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Garden Creek Road and Casper Mountain Road.. This includes all residences at the base of Casper Mountain. It is expected that restriction may be lifted in the following few day as the fire fighting containment efforts progress.

Tomorrow’s Planned Activity : Structure protection will continue within Casper Mountain Fire Protection District. Two engine strike teams have been ordered to allow local fire protection resources to rest and be available for there normal jurisdictional responsibilities. Crews will continue to establish line in Division B to secure the east flank and Division C with the aid of increased crews and aircraft resources. Crews will continue to patrol and mopup Division A and Division V. Mandatory evacuations will remain in place until further notice for Garden Creek Road and Casper Mountain Road.

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.

A fire information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Champions at the Central Wyoming State Fairgrounds, 1700 Fairgrounds Road.

Evacuation information can be found at www.casperwy.gov or by calling 307-235-9555.

-BLM-


 
Last updated: 03-03-2007