Day 8: Fighting Fire with Fire

By on July 24, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Where there’s smoke, there’s a firefighter. With calmer winds today, fire managers will attempt burnouts along perimeter containment lines in an attempt to rob the Cliff Creek Fire of fuels as it approaches control line. These controlled burns may take several days to complete but the end result should be a forest fire with nowhere left to go.

The Cliff Creek Fire is still 10 percent contained and has grown to 16,325 total acres. It’s being fought by 633 personnel with the aid of 16 crews, 4 Type I heavy helicopters, 1 Type II medium helicopter, 3 Type III light helicopters, 24 engines and 1 dozer.

Tony DeMasters explains what his Team 7 has been doing during a public meeting in Pinedale Saturday

Tony DeMasters explains what his Team 7 has been doing during a public meeting in Pinedale Saturday.

A controlled line has been established on much of the ridge protecting the Granite Creek drainage to the southeast. Dozers have cleared fuel source along that perimeter.

Bucket drops of water continue today at the fire’s origin—in Cliff Creek near Kerr and Little Cliff creeks—to make sure the fire doesn’t back up on itself with a shift in wind. Water drops are also being made at strategic points in Granite Creek, near Battle Mountain, and to the east at Bozzonai Ranch near Tin Can Park.

Fire managers continue to allow the fire to burn northeast into the Gros Ventre Wilderness, while checking the fire from making further progress straight north into Granite Creek or east-southeast into Dell and Jack creek drainages.

July 24 perimeter map.

July 24 perimeter map.

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