Wyoming Fire Activity Low – For Now
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 3, 2017
There’s not much for wildfire activity in Wyoming at the moment, although conditions are ripe for more to come as the summer progresses.
The lightning-caused Dry Fork Fire, located about eight miles northwest of Burgess Junction, was reported Tuesday. The fire is burning in heavy down and dead fuel on steep terrain. Yesterday, nine firefighters constructed a line around the fire, which is about 1/10-acre in size. No trails or roads are closed.
Susie Douglas with the Bighorn National Forest says that the fire danger in the Bighorns is rated as high, meaning there’s potential for large wildfires.
Cooler temperatures and high humidity helped firefighters reach 60 percent containment on the Dry Fork Fire yesterday, though heavy fuels and steep terrain hampered full containment.
Additionally, Teton Interagency fire managers announced yesterday that the fire danger rating is high for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge. The potential for fire activity has increased due to the expected drying out of grasses and other plants, along with hot temperatures and dry, windy afternoons.