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UPDATE: Norton Point Fire

Submitted by Newsroom on September 9, 2011 – 11:00 amNo Comment

UPDATE: Norton Point Fire, broadcast Midday News Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Two 20-person hotshot forest fire-fighting crews will be working their way up Mount Kent near Dubois today in the Wind River Range of Wyoming constructing fire lines along the west and southwest flank of the Norton Point Fire.

The fire continues to burn through the Shoshone National Forest just beyond the southeastern edge of Yellowstone National Park. Fire officials have been letting the fire burn through beetle-killed and downed timber for over a month now, since it started mid-July from a lightning strike. It now covers more than 20,000 acres, or 31 square miles.

The fire-fighters will be using minimal impact suppression tactics, known as MIST. They’ll also use natural fuel breaks like rock outcroppings which are the burned black areas cool to the touch and hand dug fire line to continue the fire’s growth westward.

Fire officials say these light-hand-on-the-land tactics are being used with safety a top priority.  With that said, fire fighters must keep looking upward even though most of the work is on the ground because of an abundance of standing dead trees in the area.

Shoshone Forest managers will be modifying closures starting Saturday. The road into Bear Basin is closed, as is Brown Rock Canyon. Other trails closed are East Fork, Double Cabin, Indian Point, Caldwell Basin and Bug Creek.

Fire managers are expecting wind gusts over the weekend of up to 21 miles per hour and temperatures in the high 60s.

UPDATE: Shoshone Fires, broadcast in First News Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Fire lines hold during high winds, red flag warning

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CLARK, Wyo. – All fire lines on the Hole in the Wall fire burning on the north edge of the Shoshone National Forest near Clark, Wyo., held yesterday against wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.


Early in the day, the weather allowed helicopters to continue hauling a water enhancing gel up to the northeast side of the fire as fire fighters worked to ensure the security of the fire line.

By the end of the day, the fire was about 95 percent contained and had grown by only 4 acres to 6,204.

In other parts of the Shoshone Forest, both the Norton Point and Warm Springs fires burning in Fremont County near Dubois are under control.


By yesterday, the Warm Springs Fire burning four miles east of Dubois was 100 percent contained and the crews were mopping up hot spots. It was contained to about 800 acres.


24-miles north of Dubois, fire managers continue to let the Norton Point Fire burn through beetle-killed timber and brush, but are holding it from moving southward. The blaze has now burned through nearly 19,000 acres of the wilderness area. Fire managers expect the growth to be explosive today because of the expected high winds, low humidity and hot temperatures.

They’re looking at a projected 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms that could produce gusty winds of up to 30 miles per hour and highs near 70 degrees.

FIRE UPDATE, broadcast in Midday News, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011

Firefighters are still battling three blazes in the Shoshone National Forest, two on the north edge and the other west of Dubois.


wildfire smoke

The Norton Point Fire burning 24 miles north of Dubois is still being managed, but has burned through 18,000 acres of beetle-killed timber and brush. Mangers there plan to let the fire burn as a process of ecological change, but keep it burning east of Wiggins and north of the forest boundary.


On the Warm Springs Fire burning four miles west of Dubois, crews are still mopping up hot spots. It’s now 100 percent contained, and has been kept to about 800 acres.


The Hole in the Wall Fire burning near Clark, Wyo. is now at 90 percent containment, but has burned through 6,200 acres.

Fire managers expect the winds to hamper efforts today. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, so meteorologists are tracking the arrival of the wind event and firefighters are on alert.

Yesterday, a water enhancing gel was dropped in by bucket load, but Incident Commander Joe Lowe said today’s wind should test their efforts. He said helicopters will be in the air today dropping more gel as long as it’s safe to fly.

The fire produced some smoke yesterday in the Line Creek Canyon as it crept up the plateau to the west. Fire managers are monitoring the area and note that the fire should run out of fuels to burn as it nears the alpine tundra.

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