Lava Mountain Blaze Crews Make Progress

Residents Return Home


Crews working the Lava Mountain Fire have made progress on the blaze with about 50% containment and today the Fremont County Sheriff announced that residents of Union Pass and Porcupine subdivisions will be allowed to return to their homes. Evacuation Orders have been lowered from “Go”, to “Set.” Residents are encouraged to use caution as they return home as firefighters and equipment will still be working in the area.

Burnouts continued yesterday in the upper reaches of the Warm Springs Creek drainage to secure fire lines along the northern side of Warm Springs Creek. Mop-up operations continued on the northwest portion of the fire while engines continued to patrol and mop up residential areas affected by the fire.

Mop-up will continue today throughout the fire area to complete and strengthen control lines. Firefighters will work aggressively to mitigate the risk presented by pockets of unburned fuels remaining in the cliff areas above Warm Spring Creek. Structural protection will continue. A rehabilitation plan is being developed to restore areas damaged by firefighting efforts.
The following communities are now in “SET” status: Timberline Ranch, Big Diamond Ranch, Long Creek subdivision, Sheridan Creek Cow Camp, MacKenzie Highland Ranch, Triangle C Ranch, Falls Creek Campground, Roaring River Subdivision, Buckboard Subdivision, Lava Mountain Lodge, Double Bar J Ranch, Stony Point, Bald Mountain, Upper and Lower Warm Springs, Teton Valley Ranch Camp, Hat Butte area, Sawmill Turnoff, Union Pass and Porcupine Subdivisions.

Forest Service Roads 240, 528, 532, 538, 540, 542, 542.1I, 554, 629, and 732 are closed. Additionally, Motorized Trails 10, 11, and 15 and the Continental Divide Trail from Sheridan Pass to Pilot Knob are closed.

Over 800 fire personnel are working on site and expect to have the fire contained fully by September 1st. Officials estimate that the cost of fighting the fire, which has affected nearly 15,000 acres, was approaching 15 million dollars.

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