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Boulder Lake Fire now 95-percent contained

U.S. Forest Service-Bridger-Teton National Forest photo

The Boulder Lake Fire, which ignited on August 17  is now at 95-percent containment according to officials within the Pinedale Ranger District.

“Firefighters on the Boulder Lake Fire are continuing efforts to secure the fires edge and mopping up interior where needed. The fire is now 95% contained,” the organization stated in a news release. “Crews have extinguished all hot spots 200 feet in from the fire perimeter. Some smoke is still visible in a stand of aspen on the south facing slope above Boulder Lake. This patch of fuel is surrounded by black and poses no threat to containment lines. Firefighters are monitoring this activity.”

“One Type 6 engine and a helitack crew are currently assigned to the fire. The two Type 6 engines from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest have been released to respond to another fire. The Type 3 helicopter has been released from the fire but is being staged at the Pinedale Airport and is available if needed for the Boulder Lake Fire or initial attack on a new fire.”

The Boulder Lake Fire has now transitioned to a Type 5 Incident.

“A Burned Area Response Team (BAER) will arrive on the fire today to identify and manage potential risks to resources and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources. BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging event such as a heavy rain induced mudslide.”

For information visit www.tetonfires.com or call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326.

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