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August 20, 2006
Fire Information Center:
801-558-8016
208-850-9046 
Evacuation Info:
www.casperwy.gov

Jackson Canyon Fire Update

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:

85%

Est. Time of Containment:

8/31/2006 2000

Number of Personnel:
Total #:

9 type 2 crews, 3 type 1 crews
520

Aircraft:

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

Equipment:

7 Dozers, 39 Engines, 6 Water Tenders

 

 

Structure Threatened: Lost:


4 structures

Injuries:

One

Today’s Activity: The Great Basin National Type 1 Incident Management Team is managing the Jackson Canyon Fire in coordination with State and Local authorities. Fire crews made significant progress mopping up the perimeter and areas in the interior of the fire. Rehabilitation of dozer lines in all divisions continued yesterday. A local thunderstorm last evening resulted in precipitation in the lower elevation but Casper mountain and Jackson Canyon fire received very minimal precipitation. The cooler temperatures and higher humidity allowed for effective suppression actions. Fire crews will begin to demobilize and are being reassigned to other incidents.

The updated estimate of the fire perimeter is 11,765 acres as of 1900 on August 18. Additional monitoring and imagery will be accomplished today.

Residents of Goose Egg Road, Elk Horn Subdivision, and Garden Creek have been allowed to return to their residences. Casper Mountain road is open up to the intersection of Hogadon Road. Hogadon Road remains closed. Residents returning to Garden Creek and Casper Mountain should be aware of continuing fire traffic on the mountain and drive cautiously.

Tomorrow’s Planned Activity : Crews will continue to mop up, putting out hot spots, along the perimeter as well as interior green islands the perimeter. Crews will also continue rehabilitation of dozer lines and hand lines. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Upper Casper Mountain Road past the Hogadon Road Turnoff.

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 and cleanup efforts. Those returning to their homes should exercise caution: avoid downed power lines, burned trees and watch out for ash pits.

Everyone living in the wildland urban interface should consider ways to make their property firewise. Create and maintain defensible space around structures and utilize fire resistant building materials. For more information see www.firewise.org or www.rockymountainwildlandfire.info. The National Fire Prevention team provides defensible space assessments. If you would like to schedule one for your property call: 307-251-0567or email: wyfpet06@yahoo.com

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

-BLM-


 
Last updated: 03-03-2007