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Date: July 9, 2007
Contact: Brian Miller
(307) 328-4200

Seminoe Fire Update

The Seminoe Fire, burning near Seminoe Reservoir, has grown to 250 acre. Favorable weather and increased humidity has slowed the spread of the fire, limiting it to some heavier fuels. The fire is now 20% contained.

A type three Fire Management Team is now managing the fire. Currently, four hand crews, two helicopters and five engines are on the ground. Protecting adjacent private and state lands, and two power transmission lines continues to be a high priority. Firefighters are attempting to minimize impacts to the Bennett Wilderness Study Area through the use of helicopters and minimal impact fireline techniques.

Initially, the fire had been managed as a fire use fire, to achieve other natural resource benefits through the natural role wild fire plays in the ecosystem. Firefighters moved to suppress the fire to protect adjacent private and state lands, grazing lands and two power transmission lines.

Recreationists should use caution when boating on Seminoe Reservoir because helicopters will be dipping water from the lake to assist in fire suppression efforts. Also, Road 3109 has been closed to public access at the BLM boundary for safety reasons.

Cooperating agencies include Carbon County Fire Department, Wyoming State Forestry, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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