Wyoming: Fairfield Fire

(UPDATED at 3:26 p.m. MDT, July 24, 2013)

The incident management team released this information Wednesday afternoon:

Lander, Wyo. (July 24, 2013) – A public meeting for the Fairfield Fire will be held at 7:00pm this evening at the Lander Middle School, 755 Jefferson St., Lander, Wyo. This meeting will be an opportunity for the public to learn what actions have been taken on the fire thus far and what the plan ahead is.

Following an infrared flight last night, a more precise perimeter was able to be determined. This allowed the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, who took over command of the fire late yesterday, to develop a more accurate map. The fire is 15 percent contained with a total size of 1,909 acres. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by a Fremont County firefighter and Forest Service officials.

Some local initial attack resources have been released from the fire. A total of 138 personnel are currently on the fire along with 6 single engine air tankers, 2 light helicopters, and 2 heavy helicopters.

The National Weather Service has established a “decision support” web page for the fire.

Map of Fairfield Fire MDT, July 24, 2013
Map of Fairfield Fire MDT, July 24, 2013

The Fairfield Fire continued to spread on the west side over the last 24 hours as it climbed into the higher elevations, finding more continuous stands of timber.

The weather forecast for Wednesday predicts weather similar to Tuesday’s, with easterly up canyon winds at  5 to 10 mph, 15 to 20 percent relative humidity, 30 to 65 percent cloud cover, and a chance for thunderstorms with little or no rain.

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