June Fire Slows
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 21, 2017
Yesterday’s rain slowed the growth of the June Fire just off the North Fork Highway.
Following a reconnaissance flight yesterday morning, fire managers were able to more accurately estimate the size of the fire at 1,860 acres. Kristie Salzmann with the Shoshone National Forest says an infrared flight, which maps the heat signature of the fire to give managers a clearer picture of fire activity, was requested for overnight.
According to fire managers, additional air and ground resources arrived to assist in the firefighting operations on the June Fire yesterday, and crews dug fireline and placed hoses around the structures at both UXU Ranch and Blackwater Lodge. However, due to the Due to the steep, rugged terrain and the amount of beetle-killed timber in the area, they will continue to use indirect firefighting techniques and not put firefighters into areas that are unsafe.
An Incident Management Team took over control of the June Fire at 6:00 this morning. The cause of the fire, located a mile south of the North Fork Highway between Wapiti and Pahaska, remains under investigation.