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Wyoming Wildfire Roundup For July 24, 2017

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The 1,938 acre June Fire 34-miles west of Cody that began Jul. 18 is at 28% containment. The cause of the fire remains unknown as 275 personnel fight the fire, supported by four helicopters. Fire personnel dropped over 94,000 gallons of water on the northeastern section and delivered over 14,000 pounds of cargo yesterday.

Crews will continue to build fireline in the Elk Fork drainage today and monitor the western and southern fire perimeters. There are no mandatory evacuations in effect.

Fire managers say that smoke visible in Cody is from other wildfires in Montana.

The InciWeb update and fact sheet on this fire can be found here

Firefighters continued to make progress on the fire yesterday supported by four helicopters that dropped 94,560 gallons of water, flew crews into the rugged northeastern section of the fire, and delivered 14,151 pounds of cargo. Fire activity picked up on the southeastern flank in the afternoon producing visible smoke along Highway 14/16/20. Some of the smoke visible in Cody is from other wildfires in Montana. The June Fire is 28% contained and acres burned remain at 1,938.

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Travelers along Highway 14/16/20 are reminded to be aware of fire vehicles and equipment. Fire managers remind drivers to use caution in these areas.

Closures: Shoshone National Forest Closure Order SHO-17-01 has implemented an area closure to include the Elk Fork campground, Elks Fork Trail, and Blackwater Memorial National Recreation Trail. The Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place (FDC 7/3839).

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The Keystone Fire in the Laramie Ranger District detected on July 3 due to a confirmed lightening storm is still active about 7 miles west of Albany, Wyoming in the Medicine Bow National Forest. At 75% containment, the fire has reached a total size of 2,520 acres, fire managers estimate.

Full InciWeb update and fact sheet for this fire can be found here

“The fire is coming back to life after the rains,” reported Incident Commander John Markalunas.

After two days of dryer, warmer weather, crews in Division A spent yesterday patrolling the fire perimeter for pockets of unburned fuels that could reignite as the temperatures rose. One spot on the southwest side of the fire was located and knocked down.

Patrols of the perimeter of the fire will continue again today with two helicopters available to assist with bucket drops if needed. Heavy equipment and crews in the Contingency Group will continue their work to complete fire contingency lines along Roads 500 and 507.

Fire managers will continue to evaluate further closure order modifications as progress is made on fire containment and contingency line completion. The communities of Moores Gulch, Keystone, lower Keystone, and scattered residences within the US Forest Service (USFS) closure area remain inaccessible. The USFS closure order and map can be found at the link listed above. Any modification of the closure order will be based on public and firefighter safety.