Aug 30, 2012 - From staff reportsDriven by high winds and low relative humidity. the Alpine Lake Fire grew to 7,400 acres on Wednesday. Wind River Agency public information officer Karl Brauneis said the fire is still well within its defined planning area.
Smoke was prevalent across the Riverton Valley Wednesday afternoon and evening before shifting winds blew it farther west by sunset.
To provide for increased public safety, the Tribal Fish and Game Agency, in cooperation with the Wind River Agency, expanded the public closure area Thursday. Brauneis said the new closure zone includes the area from Paradise Ridge on into Paradise Basin, Steamboat and Lydle lakes to include the present closure around Alpine and Deadman lakes. The Wilson Creek Lakes remain open from the Saint Lawrence Basin Trailhead.
"In addition, the Kirkland Lake area is also closed to public use from Crow Mountain to Bold Mountain on into Kirkland Lake," Brauneis said. "All trail heads will be signed accordingly."
Fire management officer Bob Jones said "the fire runs of Aug. 29 have positioned the fire in locations where future runs could burn into both Steamboat and Kirkland lakes.
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