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Wind River blaze fires up

Submitted by Newsroom on August 31, 2012 – 12:37 pmNo Comment

Photo by Karl Brauneis

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The mountain forest wildfire burning in a remote area of Fremont County at about 10,000 feet above sea level is still growing. The Alpine Lake Fire has now claimed 7,400 acres of conifer trees in the Wind River Mountains through rugged terrain on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

In his latest report, spokesman Karl Brauneis of the Wind River Agency said managers are expecting moderate activity today, but will be making helicopter drops of water on spot fires below the Paradise Basin area. They’re taken the action, he said, to limit fire growth toward the basin and Steamboat Lake.

Managers have been letting the wildfire burn for the past three weeks because it’s burning in an inaccessible area and not threatening any human life or property. It was the high winds and low relative humidity that caused increased growth midweek. The areas now closed along with  Paradise Basin and Alpine and Steamboat lakes, are the nearby lakes of Deadman, Lydle and Kirkland.

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