Shale Creek Fire north of Kemmerer 10% contained

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Shale Creek Fire north of Kemmerer in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Submitted Photo

July 20, 2021 — Firefighters made headway containing the Shale Creek Fire north of Kemmerer despite the difficult terrain and isolated location. Largely due to spotting through Monday afternoon and more precise mapping, the fire increased in size to 160 acres, with limited growth in the main body of the fire.

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The fire, listed at 10% contained by inciweb.nwcg.gov, is burning on ridgelines between the Hams Fork and Fontenelle Creek drainages on the Bridger-Teton National Forest north of Kemmerer. Fast-moving thunderstorms yesterday brought gusty winds and light rainfall to the area. The number of firefighters on the scene is listed at 121.

“From lightning on bare ridges to muddy, steep slopes, thunderstorms add extra challenges to fighting fire safely in this terrain,” said Incident Commander Trainee Jacob Henrie.

With no roads and few trails, aviation resources have been critical in making progress on this fire. Single-engine air tankers and light, medium, and heavy helicopters continue to need open airspace to support ground operations. In addition, smokejumpers, the Teton Wildland Fire Module, and additional Type 1 and Type 2 hand crews are spiked out near the fire.

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