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Firefighting conditions improving; Alpine Lake blaze tops 40,000 acres

Sep 19, 2012 - From staff reports

Cooler, calmer conditions are helping fire-suppression efforts at the Alpine Lake Fire in western Fremont County.

U.S. Forest Service Wind River Agency spokesman Karl t said the fire had burned 40,361 as of Wednesday morning, including 530 acres in the forest's Fitzpatrick Wilderness.

Rapid growth in the fire over the weekend filled much of the Riverton Valley with smoke, which has lingered this week.

The fire was a bit more active Tuesday than Monday, Brauneis said.

The firefighting focus for Wednesday will be in the Crow Mountain-Kirkland Park Area. Brauneis said

Wyoming Hot Shots and the Bighorn Basin Crew will be "spiked out" to a remote camp

supported by the main fire camp to construct fire line. The crews will be supported by three engines.

"The objective is to shut the north flank door to prevent fire from spreading into Kirkland Park," Brauneis said. "We have the one heavy helicopter making water drops and also three light helicopters that can be used for water bucket drops along with crew transport and logistical support."

Planes known a SEAT aircraft, for single engine air tankers, have left the site but could return if needed.

Eight remaining engines will be working along the front face and also for structure protection in Saint Lawrence Basin.

"There is no real change in the weather for today. We can expect about the same weather as yesterday ... good conditions for the suppression actions planned," Brauneis said.

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