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August 19, 2006
Fire Information Center:
Evacuation Info:

Jackson Canyon Fire Update

Fire Facts:
Date Started:

August 14, 2006

Cause of Ignition:



Casper Mountain, 6 miles South of Casper Wy.


11,765 acres

Percent Contained:


Est. Time of Containment:

8/21/2006 1800

Number of Personnel:
Total #:

11 type 2 crews, 2 type 1 crew


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


3 Dozers, 35 Engines, 5 Water Tenders



Structure Threatened: Lost:

4 structures 1 vehicle



Todays 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 on all divisions by constructing fireline using available hand crews and dozers in order to suppress the fire and get residents back in their homes as soon as possible. A cold front passage resulted in cooler temperatures and higher humidity which allowed for more effective suppression actions. Crews continued construction of fireline in Divisions B and C to secure the eastern flank and continued mop up operations in Divisions A and V. Structure protection remains in place and rehabilitation of dozer lines has been started.

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 and Elk Horn Subdivision have been allowed to return to their residences. Mandatory evacuations for Garden Creek Road and Casper Mountain Road remain in place. The incident commander in conjunction with local emergency management officials will be reevaluating fire areas in order to get residents back home as soon as possible. A fire information meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Champions at the Central Wyoming State Fairgrounds, 1700 Fairgrounds Road.

Tomorrow’s Planned Activity: Crews will continue to establish line in Division B to secure the east flank, and crews will hold and improve line in Division A at the north flank. Crews will continue to mop up, putting out hot spots, today and begin rehabilitation of dozer lines in Divisions C and V. Mandatory evacuations will remain in place 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 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 fire wise. 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.


Last updated: 03-03-2007