Fire up to 350 acres; roads in area still closed

Aug 23, 2015 From staff reports

After a day of strong winds, the Little Bob Lake Fire is now estimated at approximately 350 acres. U.S. Forest Service public information officer Karl Brauneis said more mapping taking place to refine the present acreage estimate.

"The fire remains within the management confine and contain boundary and spread according to the predicted modeling parameters during the high speed wind event of Friday," Brauneis said.

Smoke filled the Wind River Valley on Saturday, but much of that is believed to have come from far larger blazes in states north and west of Wyoming.

In addition, the Wind River Agency is suppressing other, smaller, human-caused fires within the valley on reservation lands.

"Four fires for a total of 60 acres have recently burned and were controlled by agency firefighters. These fires were caused through open burning or burn barrel fires," Brauneis said.

All open burning requires a permit. Permits are available through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Forestry Warehouse in Fort Washakie or the Fremont County Fire District in Riverton.

Due to the projected fire spread of the Little Bob Lake Fire, the following roads remain closed by order of the Wind River Tribal Fish and Game Department.

- Cold Springs - Dry Creek Road. Closed at its junction with Highway 287.

- Willow Creek Road that accesses Bob's Lake and Kirkland Meadows will also be closed at its junction with Highway 287

- Meadow Creek - Lookout Road at its junction with the Willow Creek Road

All the closures are located in the Crowheart area west of U.S. Highway 287. Private residents and permitted users (range permittees and timber operators) are allowed access within the road closure area under administration of the Wind River Agency.

There are no public closures currently on adjacent National Forest lands in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness that lie above the Little Bob Lake Fire.

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