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Burns fire covers 43 acres on Black Mountain near Alpine

Burns fire covers 43 acres on Black Mountain near Alpine

The 43-acre Burns Fire on the side of Black Mountain in the Caribou Targhee National Forest was reported contained as of June 16.

The lighting caused fire started at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 12, and was fanned by high winds from a passing cold front on Friday, June 13.

Firefighters from Wyoming, Utah and Idaho responded to the site near Alpine where an incident command post was established on the flat, dry lake bed of the upper Palisades Reservior.

Incident Commander Spencer Johnston reported that nearly 100 firefighters and three helicopters were used to attack the fire and keep it away from homes at the base of the Black Mountain area.

“We used direct suppression tactics to make the fire as small as possible and minimize the down slope burn where homes exist,” he told the Star Valley Independent in an interview at the command post.

He acknowledged the high winds with Friday’s cold front passing through caused more fire action early in the process, however cold, wet conditions on Saturday and Sunday slowed the fire’s progress.

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Burns fire covers 43 acres on Black Mountain near Alpine

One thought on “Burns fire covers 43 acres on Black Mountain near Alpine

  1. I would like to extend my sincere ‘Thank You!’ to all the firefighters, pilots, and support crews who have worked so hard to get this fire put out quickly. You guys and gals are my heros.

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