Fontenelle Fire Grows
The Fontenelle Fire burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest,has now grown to over 45,000 acres. The fire is currently burning in heavy, dead timber with occasional areas of grass and sage in the lower elevations and is 5% contained .
There are currently 427 personnel on scene. The fire continued to progress northeast Saturday, crossing Fish Creek and becoming established on the south end of Fish Creek Mountain. However, a decrease in winds Saturday slowed the overall spread of the fire limiting Saturday’s growth to just under 8,000 acres.
Road closures at present extend from the forest boundary at the top of Bare Pass at Red Castles, west to North Piney Meadows and Tri Basin Divide, south to Cheese Pass, Mount Isabel, and Red Park, east to the junction of LaBarge Creek Road and the forest boundary, and north to Bare Pass. Further closures may be needed to ensure firefighter and public safety. The public is asked to be cautious when driving on the LaBarge Road between Hwy. 189 and the closure at the forest boundary as there may be large fire engines, fire traffic and impact from smoke.