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Hardluck fire has 'very active' day; new flyover planned to determine acreage

Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports

An airplane overflight planned for Friday night was called off due to mechanical problems.

Hot, dry weather in the second half of the week permitted the Hardluck Fire to regain activity, and acreage was expected to increase noticeably this weekend.

The most recent acreage estimate was 16,100 on Friday, but fire monitors said the fire was "very active" through the day Friday.

An airplane overflight planned for Friday night was called off due to mechanical problems, and fire planned to try again Saturday night.

The fire is just across the Fremont County line north of Dubois in Park County. Smoke has been prominent in central Fremont County for several days.

Here is Saturday's Hardluck fire fact sheet from the U.S. Forest Service.

Hardluck Fire

Shoshone National Forest

Status: 16,100 acres, 0 percent contained.

Fire History: Reported by a fire detection flight on July 20.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike within the days prior to the report.

All structure protection and fuels reduction work on national forest lands at the end of the South Fork Road have been completed.

Objectives: Firefighter and public safety

Recent Events: Mechanical problems prevented an infrared flight over the fire for the second night in a row, so new acreage is not available.

The Hardluck Fire was very active Friday afternoon with large columns of smoke visible on the north and south ends of the fire.

The most active part of the fire was at the mouth of Clark Creek on the east side of Bliss Creek Meadow,s where it was burning in a large stand of dead spruce trees.

Today's Strategy: The fire will burn actively again today. Continue to evaluate values to protect in the Dunoir area and monitor the fire by helicopter during the burning period. An infrared flight is again planned for tonight.

Forecast: Weather Sunday is expected to be warm and dry, with thundershowers possible. Temperatures should range from 70-81 with relative humidity between 9 and 13.

Closures and Evacuations: An area closure is in effect for the entire South Fork drainage beginning south of Aspen Creek beyond the South Fork Road (County Road 6WX/Forest Service Road 479.B).

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