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Officials to host meeting about Alpine Lake Fire

Sep 11, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Alpine Lake Fire officials are having a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie.

"It's open to the public, and anyone can come," public information officer Bill Knight said.

Incident commander Todd Richardson and other staff will make a presentation on the fire and answer attendees' questions about the wildfire that has burned 19,330 acres since it was first reported Aug. 7.

The lightning-caused blaze is 30 miles northwest of Fort Washakie and burning on reservation land and in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness of the Shoshone National Forest.

Knight said 119 personnel and three helicopters have been assigned to the incident. The fire is continuing to be managed without ground suppression.

Red flag conditions Monday resulted in grounding all aircraft resources. Knight said crews spent Monday completing fuels, mitigation and structure assessment at the St. Lawrence ranger station, and wildfire modules continued monitoring fire behavior.

The storm system that moved across the area Monday afternoon didn't affect fire behavior.

"At this point right now the fire has settled," Knight said. "We only had slight rain, and the wind didn't really spread the fire."

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